Glass-bottomed plane launched as April Fool's prank

Posted at 04/01/13 6:46 PM

Virgin's so-called glass-bottomed plane. Photo from the company's website

MANILA, Philippines – Several Internet users fell for the April Fool’s prank of Virgin Atlantic airlines, which involved the so-called launch of the world’s first glass-bottomed plane.

In a blog post, Virgin founder Richard Branson wrote that the new plane has been years in the making, and posted photos of an artist’s rendition of what he called the “aviation breakthrough.”

“I’m thrilled to announce that Virgin has created another world-first with the introduction of the technology required to produce the world’s first glass-bottomed plane. This technological innovation coincides with the start of Virgin Atlantic Airways’ first-ever domestic service to Scotland,” Branson wrote.

“In 1984 we started the wonderful airline that is Virgin Atlantic. I am incredibly proud of yet another aviation breakthrough which has been years in the making. I can’t wait to experience the first flight for myself with my family and other natural born explorers,” he added.

Branson went on to say that it has “asked other Virgin companies to support this innovative trial and launch our new domestic Scottish route.”

“And with an unrivaled view of Scotland I hope this gives Scottish tourism an even bigger boost,” he wrote.

Several Internet users turned to social media sites to express their excitement over the new “invention,” while others were quick to notice that the date at the top of the blog post is April 1, or April Fool’s Day.

“Hahaha! For a moment I thought it was true. But then I looked [at] the calendar. Anyway, not a bad idea,” wrote Facebook user Martin Alejandro Carmona Selva.

“Not quite as good as Google Nose, but good effort,” added Angela Hodgson Wilkinson, referring to one of Google’s April Fool’s pranks this year.