Virgin Media Super-vans are Go!


WEBWIRE – Monday, November 19, 2012

Unveils new fleet of blockbuster-inspired Super-vans with traffic-stopping Thunderbird 2

Virgin Media today raised the curtain on a fleet of movie-themed ‘Super-vans’, set to appear across the UK as the company’s top engineers deliver Virgin Media’s range of next-generation digital services including TiVo® and up to 120Mb superfast broadband.

The new vans are inspired by some of the best-loved vehicles from the big screen including Thunderbird 2 – International Rescue’s famous aircraft piloted by Virgil Tracy and Ecto 1 – the spook-fighting Cadillac made famous in Ghostbusters.

The Thunderbird 2 Super-van was seen launching off the ground and over a queue of traffic from its top secret base to celebrate the keys being handed over to the drivers of the new super fleet. All the new vans have been specially designed and commissioned by Virgin Media for its top performing engineers who consistently deliver exceptional levels of customer service.

The film-tastic fleet also features the Jurassic Park jeep, the Batmobile, speedy Lightning McQueen from Cars and Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots in Transformers.

The vans will now travel the length and breadth of the country, delivering Virgin Media’s cutting edge digital services to British homes as well as to businesses with Virgin Media Business. The latest additions to the fleet join the inaugural Super-vans launched last year which included General Lee, the Dukes of Hazzard modified Dodge Charger and Disney favourite Herbie.

Mark Palmer, a Virgin Media engineer and now the proud driver of Thunderbird 2 said, “I am a big fan of the Thunderbirds, so being able to drive around in a van themed like Thunderbird 2 will be amazing! I can’t promise I’ll be dressed as Virgil Tracy or that I am the ‘Brains’ behind Virgin Media but I can certainly help to deliver our range of great products and services to customers. If anyone sees me, they should definitely give me a wave.”

Maurice Daw, executive director of access at Virgin Media, said: “We are really excited about the latest additions to our super-fleet, we know how proud our engineers are when they’re driving around in these bespoke vans. Although they won’t be fighting ghosts or worrying about avoiding any T-Rex’s we are confident they will make our customers smile!”

Notes to Editors

To launch the new fleet of Super-vans, Virgin Media hoisted the Thunderbird 2 van using a crane and heavy-duty supports. To convey take-off, film quality smoke effects were also used along with Thunderbird 2’s very own pilot Virgil Tracy.

The Super-vans will be delivering TiVo and superfast broadband as well as all Virgin Media services from the beginning of November until February 2013.

The tailor-made Super-vans have been awarded to top performing engineers in the following areas:

· Renfrew, Uddington (Scotland)

· Walsall, West Midlands

· Bradford, Yorkshire

· Warrington, Lincolnshire

· Brentford, London

· Southend-on-Sea, Essex

Not all customers receiving an install will be guaranteed a themed van; install by one of the fleet will be dependent on availability.

About Virgin Media

Virgin Media is the first provider of all four broadband, TV, mobile phone and home phone services in the UK.

The company’s cable network – the result of a multi-billion pound private investment – delivers ultrafast broadband connections to over half of all UK homes, with speeds of up to 100Mb, and is being expanded to reach thousands more people across the country.

Virgin Media has developed the most advanced interactive television service, bringing together broadcast TV, thousands of hours of on demand programming and the best of the web in a single set-top box powered by TiVo. The company was the first to offer HD TV and 3D on demand to millions of UK households.

Virgin Media also operates the most popular virtual mobile network in the UK which, when launched, was the world’s first such mobile phone service. It is also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the country.

Virgin Media Inc. is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market and the London Stock Exchange (VMED).



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