Virgin Atlantic Retires All 747s Immediately & Cancels All London Gatwick Flights

Virgin Atlantic has announced numerous cost-cutting measures to survive



Another end of an era.

  • Beginning today, Virgin Atlantic will no longer use its 7 Boeing 747-400s.
  • The 4 remaining Airbus A330-200s will be retired in 2022.
  • All London Gatwick flying cancelled (possibly temporarily), meaning the airline will move its flights to both Heathrow and Manchester.
  • Virgin Atlantic plans to retain its slots at Gatwick airport by leasing them out to other airlines, giving it the option to return when the aviation market returns to normal
  • The airline will cut up to 3,150 jobs, or a third of the workforce.

For now, the airline will focus on efficiency with its A350s, A330s, and 787s, with the A330neos still set for 2021.

Sources/Image

Image: https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9631853

Sources:
https://corporate.virginatlantic.com/gb/en/media/press-releases/Our-post-Covid19-future.html
https://www.ft.com/content/24cc7e2e-5361-4bcd-bfad-b95cae695d86
https://news.yahoo.com/virgin-atlantic-says-no-longer-124942782.html
https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-virgin-atlantic-to-axe-3-000-jobs-in-battle-for-survival-11983452
https://twitter.com/BBCBenThompson/status/1257653616082649089

And another 747 fleet gone along with a major loss for London Gatwick. A few days ago, British Airways said it may slash all Gatwick flights. With Virgin moving to Heathrow/Manchester, it may open up opportunities for BA at Gatwick, or BA will follow Virgin Atlantic’s move.

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“well we lost another one”

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No! No! No!! This can’t be real!! I love seeing these! Especially the Star Wars Livery!!

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Next it’s gonna be Lufthansa. Hopefully BA doesn’t retire them…

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Tough times call for tough choices. Sad to see the Queen going like this.

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If anyone cares about Gatwick, I missed this part in the articles:

Virgin Atlantic plans to retain its slots at Gatwick airport by leasing them out to other airlines, giving it the option to return when the aviation market returns to normal

Nice money and not a permanent closure, but VA is apparently closing its hangar at the airport.

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Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747s had their glory days. It’s been in the works for a long time to retire them. Since so many other airlines are retiring their 747s right now it would seem like a good idea sooner or later.

British airways on the other hand, I’m predicting they are going to be the absolute last airline that owns a Boeing 747-400 to retire it. They are by far the most important passenger airline to use the Boeing 747, behind Pan am. No one has had a bigger impact with the Boeing 747s then BA in this day in age.

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Another one bites the dust.

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London Gatwick Right Now
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Official Press Release:

https://corporate.virginatlantic.com/gb/en/media/press-releases/Our-post-Covid19-future.html

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The wording seems to suggest that the B747 isn’t just going to get use as one would expect, they state they won’t use ‘all’ of these. Rightfully so I would think that these won’t be used much until leisure demand picks up for flights to Orlando etc

Gatwick the ghost town.

Definitely rather sad seeing yet another airline retire their 747s.

Rest In Peace Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747s!

BA has to capitalise.
London can’t afford losing its space as the world’s busiest airspace.

I think that’s just a matter of time seeing as Heathrow’s third runway won’t happen

Here’s my question: Do slot prices fluctuate? If so this could really help Norwegian?

why tho? WHYYY
im so saddd :(((((((((

This year has been terrible! Sad to see all these 747s go! 😔

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@Ishrion is the A350 gonna be on MAN-JFK then?