Clay Knight, Samantha’s now fiancé, said he got the idea of proposing on the flight after staying up all night thinking of the most outrageous way he could pop the question during a trip to the USA for his mum’s 60th birthday.
“Samantha and I have been in a long-distance relationship since meeting on a ski trip in Japan five-years ago, which involved fortnightly flights on Virgin Australia between Brisbane and Adelaide – where Samantha lived at the time,” Clay said.
“We’d often say we spend more time on planes and in airports than together, so it made sense to somehow involve a plane for the proposal, but I never thought in my wildest dreams it’d be possible. We both love travelling and I’m a Gold Velocity member, so I reached out to Virgin to see if they’d help us and was shocked to receive a reply within days offering to help hatch my proposal plan.”
Sarah Adam, Virgin Australia’s general manager, product and customer, helped Clay make his proposal dreams a reality. She said: “I made a number of phone calls after Clay contacted our team and our international flight crew rostered for the flight were more than happy to facilitate the request, making the flight extra special for Clay and Samantha, and everyone else onboard.”
Clay and Samantha will marry at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast in November, before honeymooning in Japan after Virgin Australia gifted the couple two tickets to Tokyo, Haneda.
Sarah thinks that proposing onboard a Virgin Australia flight is becoming very popular, with at least one guest each week getting down on one knee.
“While proposing at an airport or on a flight is a unique setting, we estimate that at least one guest each week proposes on our flights and in our Lounges and terminals – love is certainly in the air at Virgin Australia,” said Ms. Adam. “The feedback we receive from our guests planning a proposal with us is that they’re looking for unique locations to pop the question, and we can certainly offer that.”
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Virgin Australia is giving one couple a romantic holiday to Hamilton Island, including return economy airfares, and two nights’ accommodation at the island’s adults-only Beach Club – plus a scenic helicopter flight over Heart Reef.
To enter, simply go to the Virgin Australia Facebook page and comment on the Valentine’s Day video telling the airline in 100 words or less the most romantic reason you’ve flown for your loved-one.
And if that’s not enough, there’s three times as many reasons to book a Virgin Australia flight this Valentine’s Day. Velocity Frequent Flyer are offering guests who activate the offer in their app or online, and book an eligible Virgin Australia flight by 18 February 2020, triple Velocity points as part of their ‘love is in-the-air’ promotion. Visit Virgin Australia to find out more.