We'd never want to suggest that people in the advertising industry have too much time on their hands, but we were tipped off by some insiders that there are some humorous anomalies visible in the new Virgin Australia ad if you watch carefully.
For example, Virgin Australia girl is pictured being picked up in a swank Jaguar ... at the Qantas arrivals area. Did she fly in on Qantas perhaps?
Further evidence of the model passenger's bare-faced treachery: is she walking past a baggage collection carousel which shows Qantas flight number "QF 422: Perth" on the screen?
That's what we thought, too, although at closer examination it could be QP (Air Kenya) or OP (Olympic Air)... but it's definitely not DJ, the old V Australia's VA code or even Virgin Atlantic's VS.
Then there's the guy talking on his phone in the plane, something that Qantas allows before take-off and after landing, but Virgin Blue never has -- "until you're well inside the terminal". hasn't until recently. UPDATE: Several readers pointed out that Virgin changed its policy on this a year ago. Thanks for the pick-up guys.
(Our insiders admit this hypothesis doesn't stand up particularly well to scrutiny though, as the plane fuselage is clearly pictured on the ground, split in half.)
You can watch the full TV ad for yourself here. And forget our tongue-in-cheek nitpicking: it's a brilliantly snappy, punchy and energetic teaser for what's to come.