Out with the old, in with the new…
As Virgin Atlantic unveiled its beautiful new A350-1000s earlier this week, it also announced retirement plans for its 747-400 fleet.
Speaking to reporters outside a glistening new A350, Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss stated that Virgin Atlantic would begin to retire its fleet of 747s now. By 2021, all eight remaining 747s will be retired.
Virgin’s 747s seat a whopping 455 passengers, including:
- 14 Upper Class (business class)
- 66 Premium Economy Class
- 375 Economy Class
These four-engine planes are relatively fuel inefficient and aging…the oldest 747-400 is 23 years old.
As I wrote about yesterday, the 747s will be replaced by A350-1000s, featuring a brand new business class cabin with a “Loft” seating area/bar and a new generation of business class seats. Economy and premium economy will also see new seats and economy class will offer extra legroom sections.
While there is nothing as beautiful as the Queen of the Skies, I’m looking forward to the interior of the A350 much more. While it is sad the 747-8 has not performed well, the A350 is a great replacement.
Are you sorry to see Virgin Atlantic retire its 747-400 fleet?