Virgin Atlantic has chosen April 1st to announce
the launch of the world's first glass-bottomed airplane. Virgin Atlantic says the new plane will let passengers enjoy "a bird's eye view with an extra special opportunity to look down on the beautiful scenery of Great Britain as they fly."
The plane is the same as an Airbus A320 except it has a clear strip of aviation-standard glass in place of the traditional aisle. The airline says cabin crew will be trained to help flyers nervous about flying in the new aircraft.
Richard Branson, Virgin Atlantic founder and president, said in a statement, "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. In 1984 we started the wonderful airline that is Virgin Atlantic Airways. 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."
Photos: Virgin Atlantic