On April 1, Virgin Atlantic announced that it would grow herbs and vegetables on board its flights for upper class passengers. It said that they would roll out a trial where fresh herbs and vegetables would be provided from a specifically designed vegetable patch in the galley of the aircraft. To guarantee the “success” of this initiative, it said that all upper class cabin crew would attend a one-day horticultural lesson at the Royal Horticultural Society.
Other airlines also announced strange plans in the spirit of April Fool’s Day. Air New Zealand struck fear into the hearts of overweight passengers with its ‘Pay What You Weigh’ plan. Their logic was simple – more weight means more fuel means more cost. Virgin Blue offered a ‘No Chair Fare’, where passengers could buy standing-room only tickets on domestic flights at half the price with a free calf massage thrown in. More than 1,000 people tried to book the fares, reported online magazine Australia Business Traveller. British Airways said it would celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton by painting portraits of different members of the British Royal Family on its aircraft. Ryanair also pulled one over its passengers with an announcement that it would introduce childfree flights.