December 4, 2020
ALL TICKETS HAVE NOW BEEN SOLD
We’re opening the cabin doors to our last Boeing 747 for the final time, in what’s set to be the hottest ticket in town for aviation enthusiasts. For one day only, the public will be able to purchase tickets for the ultimate 747 experience, including the opportunity to dine on board, safely, in Upper Class.
As our fleet of jumbos is retiring to make way for a younger, more sustainable fleet of Airbus A350-1000s and Boeing 787-9s, we’re allowing fans one final chance to step onboard the Queen of the Skies. Hosted at our Heathrow hangar on 12th December, visitors will experience a full aircraft tour, where they can delve below deck to explore areas of the plane the public rarely see, as well as a enjoy a sumptuous three-course onboard meal. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to The Trussell Trust.
Some of our pilots, cabin crew and engineers who have worked on the 747 will be present to provide first-hand accounts and anecdotes on what life was like onboard the famous jumbo jet. In what’s set to be the gift of a lifetime for plane buffs, guests will enjoy a three hour all-encompassing 747 experience, where they will;
-Sip champagne on the aircraft’s upper deck, fondly known as ‘the bubble.’
– Savour a luxurious, three-course a-la-carte meal, inspired by our onboard cuisine, from the comfort of their own Upper Class suite.
-Hear first-hand what life was like at the controls of the Queen of the skies from the airline’s pilots, including Yvonne Kershaw, the first female pilot to Captain the 747.
-Take a hidden tour to the parts of the aircraft the public don’t usually see. Visit where the cabin crew and pilots sleep, delve into in the aircraft’s underbelly, explore the cargo hold and take a seat in the cockpit.
– Have a photo taken in one of the aircraft’s iconic red engines, as a souvenir from the day.
Health and safety is Virgin Atlantic’s absolute priority, so due to Covid restrictions and to allow for social distancing, only a limited number of tickets are available for purchase. These will be allocated on a first come first serve basis via https://virg.in/747experience from 9am on Monday 7th December. Each ticket is priced at £50 with all donations going to the Trussell Trust. The Trussell Trust support a network of food banks and provide emergency food and support and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.
“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.” said Corneel Koster, our Chief Customer and Operating Officer. “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.”
As we move forward to a more sustainable fleet, our 747s have now ceased operations in favour of cleaner, greener, twin-engine aircraft, comprised of the Airbus A350-1000 and the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Each of these new aircraft are, on average, 30% more fuel-efficient than the four-engine aircraft they replaced. This investment, alongside improving operations, has led to a 20% reduction in total aircraft emissions (2007-2019). These latest changes will generate approximately another 10% improvement in fuel efficiency in our fleet overall compared to pre-Covid-19.
Our last Boeing 747-400, G-VROY, is estimated to make its final departure from London Heathrow on the 16th December.