Virgin Atlantic names plane in honour of Madiba: Meet Lady Freedom

Virgin Atlantic names plane in honour of Madiba: Meet Lady Freedom

Nelson Mandela has been celebrated on various ways on what would have been his 100th birthday.

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Virgin Atlantic celebrated the world peace icon by naming a plane Lady Freedom in Madiba's honour. The founder of Virgin Atlantic, Sir Richard Branson and Mandela had a long standing relationship.

GoodThingsGuy reported learned the two men became friends 25-years-ago and it is through their friendship that Virgin first landed on African soil.

Branson and Mandela even shared the same birth date- 18 July. So, to celebrate of what would have been Madiba's 100th birthday, they named a plane in his honour and Virgin Atlantic would also donate all its July charity donations to The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.

Virgin Atlantic names plane in honour of Madiba: Meet Lady Freedom

Richard Branson in front of Lady Freedom. Photo credit: GoodThingsGuy.com

Briefly.co.za learned the Head of Middle East and Africa for Virgin Atlantic, Liezl Gericke, said the company was glad to add a little South African heritage to Lady Freedom.

"Former President Nelson Mandela fought for freedom and equality – two values that are strongly shared by Virgin Atlantic – and so it seems only apt that we name one of our beautiful 787 Dreamliners after this legacy,” she said.

Branson was among other notable people to attend the 16th annual Nelson Mandela Lecture on Tuesday, which included a speech by Barack Obama.

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