Virgin Atlantic bids farewell to one of its last Boeing 747 jumbo jets

Virgin Atlantic has bid farewell to one of its Boeing 747-400 jumbo jets.

The ‘Forever Young’ aircraft, registered G-VROS, flew from London Heathrow today to McCarran International Airport in Nevada, near Las Vegas.

It will then fly onwards to the Pinal Air Park in Arizona.

According to Virgin Atlantic, the aircraft has flown an impressive total of 92,206 hours, which includes 11,838 landings.

As for some of its most frequent destinations? Not counting London Heathrow and Manchester, it’s served 2,592 flights to Orlando, 851 flights to Las Vegas, and 844 flights to Bridgetown.

The airline marked the farewell by sharing a photo of the aircraft on Instagram of the aircraft ahead of its final journey, with a member of the company’s cabin crew waving it goodbye at the hangar.

Virgin Atlantic shared a snap of the plane on its Instagram page

The accompanying caption read: “We’re waving goodbye to another one of our 747s from Heathrow today.

“Forever Young, G-VROS, started life with us in 2001 with the name English Rose but was later renamed Forever Young in honour to all the Virgin Atlantic crew and family we lost too soon. Thank you, G-VROS, for being a wonderful tribute. We’ll miss you.⁣”

The airline had already unveiled plans to retire all seven of its Boeing 747-400 aircraft, but initially this was planned to be complete in 2021.

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Virgin Atlantic has been forced to retire the planes due to the impact of the pandemic

However, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the industry, earlier this year the airline revealed it would be retiring the jumbo jets with immediate effect.

It’s not the only airline to have made the move.

British Airways has also retired its ‘fuel-hungry’ Boeing 747s earlier than planned because of the impact of the pandemic.

There were 31 Boeing 747 planes in the British Airways fleet, all of which flew their last commercial services over the summer. At one point, the airline had been operating 57 of the aircraft.

The last of its 747s left the fleet earlier this year, although there are plans for one of the planes to be opened to the public by next spring.


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