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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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  • Titus Adduxas says:

    You’ve surely missed a 0 off the price. A 3 hour, really interesting experience with champagne and food costing £500 would still sell out in no time and actually make a meaningful contribution to the charity!
    This is surely just going to make hundreds if not thousands of people really disappointed when they can’t grab a slot which will all be gone in a minute or two!

  • colin reynolds says:

    Really hope I get a ticket, never ever been on a 747

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  • Renaud says:

    I’m sorry to be that guy, but I think someone had to say it :

    Lunch with strangers (obviously without masks), in a confined space with (presumably) doors closed and air filtering system off, with only the near-useless security theatre that is “social distancing” (because the virus is airborne. Latest South Korean study this week demonstrated transmission 20ft apart in a restaurant in only 5 minutes..)
    What could possibly go wrong here?

    Actually, not sorry to be that guy : stay safe, people. Help may be on the way and here soon, the law might be more optimistic than the science, but in reality it’s not over till it’s over.

  • Sheena Stuart-Yildirim says:

    this feels like a kick in the teeth in that we had the 747’s here at Manchester but the event is held in London where we are not supposed to travel too. Why can’t they do the event in Manchester as well and more of them

    • 1ATL says:

      Because the plane is at Heathrow having been bought back from storage before going on to its new owners Atlas Air.
      Virgin have their own hanger space at Heathrow. They don’t have their own facilities at Manchester. Realistically this probably has more to do with it than being some sensationalist North/South arguement.

  • mutley says:

    We were lucky enough to get invited to the flight deck of a Virgin 747 on arrival at Barbados two years ago, we spent 15 minutes there, whilst the crew answered my 9 and 11 year olds questions, and they also had their picture taken with the pilots.

    Best place to get picture taken in an engine is probably the BA Waterside museum if its still open.

  • Gary Arnold says:

    Gone in 30 seconds!

    • EmmaB says:

      Yep, that was ridiculous! Though given there was a password-protected page up first I wonder how many were even left for general sale.

      • jc says:

        Password is often just used as a way to keep everyone out until a set time on Eventbrite. Doesn’t necessarily mean anyone was given a password

    • Rhys says:

      Not surprising!

    • Rob says:

      Unsurprising. We had 2,500 clicks from the HFP link testing out the Eventbrite page on Fri and Sat.

    • jc says:

      Less than 30 seconds, I was through all the screens about 4 seconds after it opened and it was too late.

  • Matthew says:

    Had a ticket in my basket too and the app spat me out!!

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