Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet - DA.C
 

Go Back   DA.C > Local Control > 1:1 Scale Commercial Aviation
Supported by:

Like Tree7Likes
  • 2 Post By crownvic
  • 1 Post By crownvic
  • 1 Post By Big Al
  • 2 Post By crownvic
  • 1 Post By Big Al
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old 05-05-2020, 07:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
Junior Collector
 
KLM4me's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Palm Pings
Posts: 4,559
Default Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

I assume you've all read about the latest early retirement notice, in addition to closing its Gatwick base and 3,000+ jobs lost. If not:

https://thepointsguy.com/news/virgin...w-coronavirus/
KLM4me is online now   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-05-2020, 10:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
Complete Wacko!
 
shandaken's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Pompano Beach
Posts: 4,730
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

747s at KLM, Lufty, now this ....ughhhhh
shandaken is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2020, 11:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
crownvic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Orlando FL
Posts: 11,487
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

This will have a significant impact on me as a spotter as I loved going to my local airport here in Orlando and take in the site of 5-6 Virgin 747's all parked at the gates at the same time. Never to be seen again
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Real tomato ketchup Eddie?
Nothing but the best! "I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself, huh? I like it better than tuna helper myself, don't you, Clark?"
"you're the gourmet around here, Ed!"
crownvic is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 05-05-2020, 11:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
Master Collector
 
Homer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 644
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

Very sad. Seems like life and aviation as we know it is changing dramatically right in front of our eyes. Unfortunately not in a positive way
__________________
Ruben
Homer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2020, 12:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
Junior Collector
 
KLM4me's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Palm Pings
Posts: 4,559
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

Quote:
Originally Posted by crownvic View Post
This will have a significant impact on me as a spotter as I loved going to my local airport here in Orlando and take in the site of 5-6 Virgin 747's all parked at the gates at the same time. Never to be seen again
I remember you posted a photo of quite a few of them at MCO about a year or so ago. I wanted so much to fly on a Virgin 747 but that'll never happen now. I"m SO GLAD I made the decision to fly on BA's 747s for my last London trip.
KLM4me is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2020, 12:36 AM   #6 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
crownvic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Orlando FL
Posts: 11,487
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

Here you go.....
Attached Thumbnails
Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet-2b437072-56c2-4070-9b92-1a1908e2236d.jpg   Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet-f2714f1d-d266-44eb-8b07-72a697563ff6.jpg  
Michael Magdaleno and KLM4me like this.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Real tomato ketchup Eddie?
Nothing but the best! "I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself, huh? I like it better than tuna helper myself, don't you, Clark?"
"you're the gourmet around here, Ed!"
crownvic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2020, 10:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
Junior Collector
 
KLM4me's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Palm Pings
Posts: 4,559
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

So awesome, thanks! Assuming Virgin survives, I wonder which aircraft they'll use to service the LHR-MCO route? None of their other aircraft have this capacity.
KLM4me is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2020, 11:08 AM   #8 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
crownvic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Orlando FL
Posts: 11,487
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

Ive been told that should service resume it will be with A330's with an eventual shift to high densitiy seating A350-1000's on order. It was going to happen next year anyway just didnt expect it to happen so suddenly and without any celebratory fanfare.
KLM4me likes this.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Real tomato ketchup Eddie?
Nothing but the best! "I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself, huh? I like it better than tuna helper myself, don't you, Clark?"
"you're the gourmet around here, Ed!"
crownvic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2020, 11:38 AM   #9 (permalink)
Complete Wacko!
 
shandaken's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Pompano Beach
Posts: 4,730
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

I would always marvel on the Virgin 744's at MCO. Never realized MCO was a big destination for Brits till I attended AI there in 2009? 2010?
shandaken is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2020, 12:16 PM   #10 (permalink)
Junior Collector
 
KLM4me's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Palm Pings
Posts: 4,559
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

Just received an email from the CEO of Virgin. Seems they plan to retain their Gatwick slot portfolio:

"We have taken bold and decisive action so that when you are ready to travel again, we are here to serve you.

* Our fleet will be one of the youngest and greenest in the sky as we say goodbye to our four engine 747s and move to a fleet of 36 twin engine aircraft. Offering the most comfortable experience in the sky whilst reducing our CO2/RTK emissions by a further 10% in the next two years. Building on the 18% efficiency already achieved between 2007-2019.

* We will continue to fly to your favourite destinations, operating directly to 26 destinations and offering a further 345 routes via our expanded Joint Venture with Delta and Air France/KLM. I’m also delighted to announce we shall be commencing a new flight from Heathrow into Cape Town from November 2020.

* Preparations to relaunch our passenger services are well underway and we are taking every possible step to ensure our customers have maximum peace of mind to fly, as the travel restrictions are lifted. This includes additional cleanliness and health measures onboard as well as at the airport, to protect our people and customers in line with expert advice, including Public Health England, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the World Health Organisation and aviation regulatory bodies.

* We look forward to welcoming our leisure passengers to London Heathrow & have retained our slot portfolio at Gatwick to enable us to return, as customer demand recovers. If you have already booked a flight which is due to depart from Gatwick, our Customer Care team will be in contact with you directly and it will be our pleasure to rearrange your departure from Heathrow.

Our amazing people

The safety, security and well-being of our people and customers is our number one priority. Our people, even at these toughest of times, remain our secret sauce and what sets us apart. I wish it was not the case, but we will have to materially reduce the number of people we can employ. It is with great sadness that we will see many of our fantastic people leave but we hope to welcome many of them back one day in the future, as demand for flying returns.

Virgin Atlantic is our name and our brand

Virgin Holidays will be re-branded as Virgin Atlantic Holidays, as we focus all our efforts on taking leisure customers to the most loved destinations that Virgin Atlantic serves. We will continue to work in close partnership with Next, to offer our popular face-to-face holiday service in their stores.

Whilst the past few months have been difficult, we are confident about what the future holds and we are excited to welcome you back on board soon, to showcase the improvements we have made to our award-winning flight experience."
KLM4me is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2020, 12:47 PM   #11 (permalink)
Acolyte of Aeolus
 
snowghost's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: KLAX
Age: 66
Posts: 1,580
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

Quote:
Originally Posted by shandaken View Post
747s at KLM, Lufty, now this ....ughhhhh
Yes, the only DLH 747s active are 3 B748s.
__________________
Flown on: DC-4, DC-6, DC-7C, DC-8 (-10, -30, -40, -50, -63, -70), DC-9 (-15, -30) MD80, MD88, DC-10-10, DC-10-30, B707 (-300, -400) B720, B721, B722, B731, B732, B733, B734, B735, B737, B741, B742, B744, B752, B753, B762, B763, B772, Viscount, Vanguard, BAC 1-11, Convair 340, 440, 580, 990, FH227, Fokker 100, Fokker 28, Electra, L1049G, L1011, BAe 146, Caravelle, Airbus: 319, 320, 321, 300, 340-600. 380-800, EMB 110, HP Jetstream.

"Could he've been pushed Doctor Winkel?" "Ving-kel."
snowghost is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2020, 12:52 PM   #12 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
crownvic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Orlando FL
Posts: 11,487
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

I lost the LH 747 too as it was great spotting that parked amongst all the Virgins. No other airport in the USA including JFK or LAX could match the 744 spotting at the gate simultneously. Its all done now....
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Real tomato ketchup Eddie?
Nothing but the best! "I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself, huh? I like it better than tuna helper myself, don't you, Clark?"
"you're the gourmet around here, Ed!"
crownvic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2020, 04:14 PM   #13 (permalink)
Junior Collector
 
KLM4me's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Palm Pings
Posts: 4,559
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

Gotta say, I'm impressed. I responded to the CEO's email I pasted in above. He actually took the time to respond to me.
KLM4me is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2020, 11:50 AM   #14 (permalink)
18 years collecting 1:400
 
Big Al's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Near GLA
Age: 50
Posts: 6,309
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

G-VROY departed Heathrow this afternoon and flew to Glasgow to join G-VXLG in storage and G-VMIK one of the A330-200's.

2020-05-07_03-53-20 by Allen McLaughlin, on Flickr

2020-05-07_03-53-02 by Allen McLaughlin, on Flickr
KLM4me likes this.
__________________
Let's be having, the British Airways/British, Negus & Negus BAC 1-11-500 in 1:400 please !
Big Al is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2020, 12:28 PM   #15 (permalink)
Junior Collector
 
KLM4me's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Palm Pings
Posts: 4,559
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

This is one of my favourite liveries. I like the little bit of purple at the rear edge of the vertical stabiliser.
KLM4me is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2020, 01:13 PM   #16 (permalink)
Super Moderator
 
crownvic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 1999
Location: Orlando FL
Posts: 11,487
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

Its not fair Al, you are stealing my Virgins..
Big Al and KLM4me like this.
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Real tomato ketchup Eddie?
Nothing but the best! "I don't know why they call this stuff hamburger helper. It does just fine by itself, huh? I like it better than tuna helper myself, don't you, Clark?"
"you're the gourmet around here, Ed!"
crownvic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2020, 01:41 PM   #17 (permalink)
18 years collecting 1:400
 
Big Al's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Near GLA
Age: 50
Posts: 6,309
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

Quote:
Originally Posted by crownvic View Post
Its not fair Al, you are stealing my Virgins..
Hey, we only have two. Manchester stole the other five.

And hey Russ, how about a quick word in someone's ear about re-releasing some of those classic Virgin 747 liveries on the up to date toolings ?
KLM4me likes this.
__________________
Let's be having, the British Airways/British, Negus & Negus BAC 1-11-500 in 1:400 please !

Last edited by Big Al; 05-07-2020 at 01:44 PM.
Big Al is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2020, 11:55 AM   #18 (permalink)
Junior Collector
 
KLM4me's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Palm Pings
Posts: 4,559
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

More Virgin Atlantic news. It's stated Virgin will not resume passenger service until August, due to the UK's 14-day self-isolation policy beginning 8 June.

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavir...g-hit-11993843
KLM4me is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2020, 01:14 PM   #19 (permalink)
Sukhoi Collector
 
plane737's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Winchester
Age: 47
Posts: 2,247
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

What a sad sight to see.


Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet-28393136-0-image-5_1589468677606.jpg
plane737 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2020, 01:16 PM   #20 (permalink)
Sukhoi Collector
 
plane737's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Winchester
Age: 47
Posts: 2,247
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

Quote:
Originally Posted by KLM4me View Post
More Virgin Atlantic news. It's stated Virgin will not resume passenger service until August, due to the UK's 14-day self-isolation policy beginning 8 June.

https://news.sky.com/story/coronavir...g-hit-11993843
How many airlines will come out of this crisis? Unbeleivable times.....
plane737 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-24-2020, 04:02 PM   #21 (permalink)
STARWALKER
 
payton89222's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Seattle
Posts: 2,094
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

Quote:
Originally Posted by KLM4me View Post
This is one of my favourite liveries. I like the little bit of purple at the rear edge of the vertical stabiliser.
nice observation, hopefully we can see some of these 747 beauties made in 1/200 for collection
__________________
ebay Sales
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
payton89222 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2021, 12:56 PM   #22 (permalink)
Junior Collector
 
KLM4me's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Palm Pings
Posts: 4,559
Default Re: Virgin Atlantic retires 747 fleet

Does anyone know which 747 was used for the last passenger/revenue flight? I thought it was G-VROY, and whilst it was Virgin's last 747 and is the last flight of a Virgin 747, it was a ferry flight, not a passenger flight. At least, from what I can gather. I know VXLG was the last 747 passenger flight from Manchester. Any of you know the answer?
KLM4me is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:09 PM.

Latest Threads
- by Baltman
- by Benny79
 

Models of the Week
 



Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.