Virgin Atlantic’s final 747 departure from Manchester
Tomorrow (3rd December) will see the last ever departure of a Virgin Atlantic (VS/VIR) Boeing 747-400 from Manchester Airport (MAN/EGCC).
The moment will come when G-VXLG departs at around 9 am (local) to start its new life in Tel Aviv.
The 22-year-old aircraft is the last 747 to leave the fleet following Virgin Atlantic’s decision to bring forward the retirement of the type in favour of more efficient twin-engined airlines such as the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner. A move echoed by British Airways.
G-VXLG was delivered to Virgin Atlantic in September 1988 and carried the name Ruby Tuesday.
Elsewhere, another Virgin Boeing 747, The Falcon (G-VLIP), which previously wore the famous Disney Star Wars livery made what was possibly the last landing by a G registered Boeing 747 at London Heathrow today when it was ferried in from Ciudad Real in preparation for its new life.