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Virgin Atlantic Plane Draws Heart-Shaped Flight Path for Valentine's Day

The Airbus began its journey at London's Gatwick Airport and flew over the southwest coast of England, where it flew in the shape of a heart before turning back to Gatwick

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    Virgin Plane Draws Heart in Sky on Valentine's Day

    A Virgin Atlantic Airbus drew a giant heart 30,000 feet above the ground early Wednesday during a holiday-themed flight training. The Airbus A330, called "HonkyTonk Woman," began its journey at London's Gatwick Airport and flew over the southwest coast of England, where it flew in the shape of a heart before turning back to Gatwick. The flight lasted over an hour. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018)

    Love is in the air this Valentine's Day.

    A Virgin Atlantic Airbus drew a giant heart 30,000 feet above the ground early Wednesday. The company decided to "have a little fun" with a holiday-themed training flight, Cpt. JJ Burrows, the director of Aircraft Operations for Virgin Atlantic, said in a statement.

    Virgin posted a video of the flight path on Twitter along with the hashtag #LoveIsInTheAirbus.

    Flight tracker FlightRadar24 also posted a map of the 100-mile-wide Valentine.

    The Airbus A330, called "HonkyTonk Woman," began its journey at London's Gatwick Airport and flew over the southwest coast of England, where it flew in the shape of a heart before turning back to Gatwick. The flight lasted over an hour.

    Some Twitter users wondered if the stunt was an appropriate use of time and fuel. Virgin responded by explaining that it was a "required training flight that happened to take place on Valentines Day, so we altered the flight path slightly to make a heart shape."