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Say goodbye to Virgin’s 747s with dinner, champagne and aircraft tour for £50

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Virgin Atlantic is putting on an exclusive farewell retirement event for its Boeing 747 fleet at Heathrow next Saturday.

With 747s disappearing from the skies, this could be your last opportunity to explore the aircraft. It includes areas not normally open to the public, including crew rest areas and the cargo hold under the passenger deck.

Virgin Atlantic 747

The experience also includes a champagne reception in the upper deck ‘bubble’ of the 747 as well as a three course meal in the comfort of your own Upper Class seat.

(For clarity, the aircraft is not flying anywhere – this is a hangar event!)

Tickets are £50 which is, frankly, unbelievably cheap, given you would struggle to get a champagne three course dinner in a West London pub for that price!

The event will be held on Saturday 12th December with several different time slots available. There are 50 tickets available in total at £50 each.

Tickets will be on sale from 9am on Monday 7th December from this Eventbrite page.

Due to Covid restrictions and social distancing measures there are only 50 tickets available in total, for several different slots during the day.

All proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the Trussel Trust, which supports a network of food banks.

What’s included?

The experience is a three hour event at Heathrow and includes:

  • Champagne reception on the 747 upper deck
  • Three course a la carte meal in Upper Class
  • Full aircraft tour, including cockpit, crew rest areas, cargo hold etc
  • Opportunity to speak to Virgin Atlantic pilots, cabin crew and engineers including Yvonne Kershaw, the first female pilot to Captain the Boeing 747
  • Opportunity to get your photo taken sitting inside one of the jet engines!

For anyone who doesn’t get tickets, Rob and I will be attending a press event on Friday and are hoping to live-blog the event on our Instagram page. We will update you closer to the time when that will be happening!


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Comments (82)

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  • Steve White says:

    Gutted that Kent is in Tier 3 otherwise I’d definitely be trying to get a ticket to go!

    • AJA says:

      Well London might get added to Tier3 if the Guardian is correct so that might put a dampner on this.

  • Cal says:

    Only £50?! This seems like a great deal.

    I’d love to go but I doubt I will manage to get tickets and/or should I risk it just before going to the in-laws. Don’t drive so would find it a bit difficult to get there from SE London.

  • Peter says:

    I would love to go. Love a 747 and it was my first longhaul flight on a virgin 747.
    Tempted even. But I have a half marathon event on the Saturday been training for weeks 😭

  • Frankie says:

    I want this for my Christmas present! I’ve emailed the link to my partner. He better not disappoint.

  • John Carey says:

    Shorter odds than a HFP party! Good luck everyone!

  • ChrisW says:

    This will sell out in about 20 seconds.

    • Rob says:

      I actually told Virgin that it should be £500, especially as it is for charity. They want it to be accessible to everyone, which is admirable, but in reality it will sell out in seconds and – if it is for charity – I don’t think people would be offended if it was expensive.

      • ChrisW says:

        If they want to make it accessible to everyone then they need to have a lot more than 50 tickets on sale! Why not skip the champagne and meal and just have one hour tours, five times a day for a week for £30 each? You could sell 10 times the number of tickets.

  • Super Secret Stuff says:

    I love this! Such a good idea! No idea how its so cheap, id happily pay more!

  • Lady London says:

    £100 might have been a better balance of supply and demand.

    I take it the Press event on Friday is free ? 🙂

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