Awkward… A British Airways employee must have had a busy day after accidentally sharing a Virgin Atlantic post advertising flights to London to its 2.5 million strong Facebook audience.

And the hilarious faux-pas has attracted significant traction throughout social media, with the post attracting over 880 likes and 125 comments at last count – ranging from surprised reactions to hilarious responses.

Completely unintentional of course, the mix-up suggested to British Airways customers that they should fly with the rival airline – yep, obviously not BA wanted to do at all!

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Pictured: The original Facebook post.

Speaking to MailOnline Travel, a Virgin Atlantic spokesperson commented on their total surprise at the BA mistake:

“We were quite surprised to see that British Airways shared our post, however, on this occasion, we do agree with them that Virgin Atlantic is the only way to fly.”

Day-am!

And in a show of good gesture, Virgin Atlantic even offered a little bit of compensation for what must have just been “one of those days” for the British Airways employee, offering the individual a free flight to make up for it!

 

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Thankfully, it didn’t take too long for BA to notice the blunder, and cleverly, the airline’s social media team was able to turn the embarrassing situation around by editing the post to read: “Finally we agree on something except for how to get there.”

This is what the Facebook post looks like now:

Nice work BA!

But before we wrap this up, let’s take a look at some of the comments Facebook users dished out in the aftermath of the initial mistake:

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Looks like everybody thought it was a joke…

Currently, British Airways has over 2.5 million Facebook fans, whilst Virgin Atlantic has just 500,000.

But now, post the social media faux-pas, Branson’s airline may receive a pretty big boost to its social media presence.

Speaking of Branson, the aviation tycoon recently galloped into Dallas on horseback to literally break ground on a new Virgin Hotels location in the Texan city. The Virgin Hotels Dallas is scheduled to open at the end of 2018.

Was this the social media stuff-up of the year? Let us know what you think in the comments below…