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!


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.”


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!



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:


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…