A Virgin Atlantic 747 (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Following other airlines edging Boeing 747s out of their fleets, Virgin Atlantic is also retiring the iconic plane that launched the airline in 1984. But their Queen of the Skies is going out with a bash. Tickets go on sale Monday December 7th for an event to be held at the airline’s hangar at Heathrow on December 12th in which a limited number of members of the public will get to experience parts of the plane that they would ordinarily never get to go.
The three hour event will kick off with champagne toasts in the plane’s distinctive upper deck bubble followed by a three course lunch while stretched out in the private, socially distanced Upper Class suites that were redesigned last year. Apart from the suites, guests will also be allowed to sit in the cockpit and hear stories from several of the airline’s pilots, including the first female 747 pilot Yvonne Kershaw, about what it was like to fly the airplane. Guests will also be allowed to tour the crew’s quarters, go into the cargo hold and pose inside one of the plane’s four engines for a photo that would obviously be unique. Tickets are priced at £50, will be available on a first come, first served basis and all proceeds will be donated to The Trussell Trust, a network of food banks and other support services for emergency food aid in the U.K.