Virgin Atlantic jumbos have graced the skies for more than 35 years, but the pandemic has brought their career to a premature end. In December 2020, the airline threw a retirement party for its last Boeing 747. Paul Norton raised a glass on behalf of Airliner World
During the dizzying peak of the first wave of coronavirus in spring 2020, Virgin Atlantic revealed that its seven remaining Boeing 747-400s would be immediately retired. The news was greeted with sadness among staff, enthusiasts and frequent flyers who all share an emotional attachment to the iconic ‘Queen of the Skies’. During the rest of the year, its former Everettbuilt jets gradually left for pastures new, leaving just one Virgin Atlantic example in the UK.