Virgin Atlantic last ever 747 flight?

Virgin Atlantic passengers from Manchester are used to flying to exotic places like Barbados.

But a drab December morning in Manchester saw the last ever flight of a Virgin Atlantic 747.

The 22-year old aircraft, registration G-VXLG, was called Ruby Tuesday by Virgin Atlantic.

The Boeing 747-400 left Manchester at 0900 on 03 December 2020 and flew to Tel Aviv.

We’ve put a question mark on whether this is definitely the last ever Virgin Atlantic 747 flight as so many aircraft from so many airlines are stored all over the globe. And some will be flying to new locations to be used by other airlines, canibalised for spares or chopped up for scrap.

The previous day, another Virgin Atlantic 747 made its final landing at Heathrow.

G-VLIP, called The Falcon, flew from Ciudad Real Airport (CQM), about 150 miles south of Madrid and in the middle of aviation nowhere.

Ciudad Real is a daft airport that cost over one billion euros to build. But it now has a lease of life as a storage place for aircraft that airlines like Virgin don’t need.

Forbes has a good story about the history of Ciudad Real airport.

N.B. Image credit: Virgin Atlantic

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