The last Boeing 747 for Virgin Atlantic has left London Heathrow. The aircraft is taking a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada in the USA, where it will serve under Atlas Air. The sad part is that just three weeks ago British Airways 747 left Heathrow for the last time.
2020 is has been a bad time for the 747 and any four-engined aircraft. Due to COVID-19 and the price to run the marvelous aircraft, airlines have started to speed up the retirement process of these aircraft.
Hasta Lavista G-VROS
The aircraft G-VROS departed EGLL at 12:42 this afternoon, the plane climbed over Ireland, cruising at FL390 (39,000 feet) passed over Greenland, and is coming down into Canada to North America. G-VROS is expected to land in Las Vegas at 12:56 the next day.
No More 747’s at EGLL
The departure of G-VROS also means that London Heathrow Airport will now no longer see any British operated Boeing 747 passenger aircraft. While the Boeing 747 has been able to call Heathrow home for the past half a century, future passenger Boeing 747 operations to the airport are likely to be few and very far between.