Virgin Atlantic offers VIP look behind-the-scenes of final Boeing 747

Virgin Atlantic has announced the ultimate 747 experience – to mark the airline’s final farewell to its latest Boeing Jumbo Jet.

The airline’s fleet of jumbos is being discontinued to be replaced by a younger, more sustainable fleet of A350-1000s and B787-9 Dreamliners, so Virgin Atlantic lets aviation enthusiasts enjoy a VIP glimpse of the Queen of the Skies.

The event will be held at the airline’s Heathrow hangar on Saturday, December 12. Happy ticket holders get a full plane tour – including parts of the plane rarely seen by passengers – and they can also enjoy a 3-course meal on board.

Virgin Atlantic pilots, cabin crew and engineers who worked on the 747 will be on hand to provide first-hand stories and anecdotes about what life was like aboard the famous jumbo jet.

Due to the limitations of Covid-19 and to allow for social distance, only a limited number of tickets are available for purchase. Each ticket costs £ 50 and all donations go to the Trussell Trust.

Corneel Koster, Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Customer and Operating Officer, said, “The beloved Boeing 747 has played an important role in Virgin Atlantic’s story.

“It transported our first passengers to New York City on our maiden flight 36 years ago and has safely transported countless millions of vacationers and business travelers around the world over the years.

“As we close this chapter and continue the transformation to a cleaner, greener fleet, there is no better tribute than showing the Queen of the Skies one last time.”

The Boeing 747-400 G-VROY is expected to take off from London Heathrow on December 16.