Virgin Atlantic is retiring its Boeing 747 fleet

Virgin Atlantic is giving aviation enthusiasts the chance to say farewell to its last Boeing 747 before it enters retirement.

Hosted at the airline’s Heathrow hangar on 12 December, during a three-hour experience, visitors will enjoy a full aircraft tour, including below deck and cabin crew and pilots sleep, areas of the plane the public rarely seen by the public. Additionally, they will enjoy a three-course a-la-carte meal, inspired by Virgin Atlantic’s on-board cuisine, from the comfort of their own Upper Class suite.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to The Trussell Trust.

Virgin Atlantic pilots, cabin crew and engineers who have worked on the 747 will be present to provide first-hand accounts on what life was like on-board the jet.

Corneel Koster, Chief Customer and Operating Officer at Virgin Atlantic, commented: “The much-loved Boeing 747 has played an important role in Virgin Atlantic’s story.  It carried our first passengers to New York 36 years ago on our inaugural flight and over the years has transported countless millions of holiday-makers and business travellers safely around the world.  As we close this chapter and continue the transformation towards a cleaner, greener fleet, what better tribute than to showcase the Queen of the Skies one last time.  I’m delighted we’re able to offer this opportunity to a lucky few to be part of aviation history, before we say our fond farewells to this iconic plane.”

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