LONDON HEATHROW, ENGLAND – Another sad day today in this terrible year for aviation lovers – Virgin Atlantic Airways’ latest Boeing 747-400 with registration G-VROY – named ‘Pretty Woman’ – departed for the very last time from the UK. The ‘Queen of the Skies’ departed from London Heathrow on Monday December 21 at 2:21 PM local time, after which it landed safely at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport at 3:36 PM local time. The aircraft will join 2 of the other former Virgin 747s at Atlas Air and receive its new registration N482MC. Atlas Air will be leasing the 3 aircraft from GECAS and will be using them for passenger services.
Virgin’s last 747 was used earlier this month to give a small group of aviation enthusiasts the opportunity to say goodbye to the iconic aircraft. Corneel Koster – Virgin Atlantic’s Chief Customer and Operating Officer – commented on the aircraft’s final departure: “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. Whilst we’re sad to close this chapter, we are delighted to continue our transformation towards a cleaner, greener fleet.”
(Head photo: © Virgin Atlantic)
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