Man flies Aston Martin from Glasgow to Cyprus on Emirates passenger plane

We've heard of strange airline requests, but one wealthy man went a step further - and flew an Aston Martin car on board an Emirates Boeing 777 passenger plane from Glasgow to Cyrpus.

The new £30,000 Cygnet city runaround was shipped on an Emirates SkyCargo plate, the first car to have been transported in the hold of one of Emirates' twice-daily 777s out of Glasgow.

The car – understood to be a gift – departed to Dubai and then Cyprus, where it arrived safely 48 hours later.

The customer, Michael Howard-Johnston of, would have paid around an eye-watering £10,000 for the privilege, but says it was the cheapest option to get it there on time for the birthday.

He said: "Emirates promised to deliver it in a matter of days and were the only ones who could do so. Flying it out of Glasgow Airport also saved us the time and inconvenience of further land transport."

Phil Rawlings, Cargo Manager, UK, Emirates SkyCargo told Aol Travel: "The Cygnet certainly stood out from the other plates at our Glasgow SkyCargo warehouse, especially as it's the first time a car has flown on our Glasgow flight."

It certainly gives the full meaning to the term 'cargo'.

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Man flies Aston Martin from Glasgow to Cyprus on Emirates passenger plane

Yes, according to a survey of Virgin Atlantic's cabin crew, this is the most frequent mad request they get... seems that a worrying number of us have a lot to learn when it comes to the basic science of aviation...

Speaking about their weirdest passenger requests to, one steward said a passenger was worried about Heathrow Airport being so close to Windsor Castle as the plane was coming into London and asked if cabin crew could arrange for the planes not to fly over the castle in the future in case the Queen found it a nuisance. What a thoughtful flyer!

One Virgin Atlantic crew member was asked by a very famous celebrity, who pressed their call bell, to fix their hair. The flight attendant agreed to the unusual request and headed back to the galley to get a hair brush, comb and small can of hairspray. When he returned armed with the hairdressing equipment, the star roared with laughter and explained it was the AIR they wanted fixed and pointed overhead! The poor steward turned on the air vent and crept back to the galley. Cringe...

Er, we're hoping the passenger was't serious about this request. Another passenger asked: "Please can the captain stop the turbulence?". 

While flying into Nice in the South of France, one cheeky passenger asked a stewardess if the pilot could 'go a bit further down the coast so we can have a look at Monaco,' she told

We know they have some luxurious cabins but we would have liked to see the face of the flight attendant who was asked by a passenger where they could take a shower on a Virgin Atlantic flight.

A playroom, indeed. Sometimes, passengers appear to forget they're 30,000ft in the air.

Yes, someone really did ask a Virgin flight attendant this question. 

A stewardess told that a traveller asked her: 'Why am I getting such a poor mobile phone signal? This flight is going to be really long and I’ll be bored if I can’t use my smart phone.' Oh dear!

One steward told flight attendants' forum that one cheeky passenger asked them to get his blanket. He said: 'I once got asked mid flight if I could nip down into the hold and get a passenger his blanket out of his suitcase. After a full description of the bag I then explained this wasn't possible, to which he insisted he was going to go instead.'

This request may have been understandable if it came from a three-year old. But it didn't. It came from a fully grown adult.

This strange request came from a passenger on another Virgin flight... we're still trying to find out if said object was ever found....


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