Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 to Become U.S. Troop Carrier

By Gracie Connell on 29 December 2020
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“Tinker Bell,” a Virgin 747-400

Virgin Atlantic Airways’ last remaining Boeing 747 will become a U.S. troop carrier in its retirement, the company said.

The jet, nicknamed “Pretty Woman,” now belongs to Atlas Air, a cargo airline,

Founded in 1984, Virgin’s first flight was with a Boeing 747. This marks the end of an era for the company. The aircraft type will be replaced by newer planes including the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787 Airliner.

With the retirement of the Boeing 747, carbon output from the British-carrier will fall by a further 10% after falling by a fifth over the past decade.

“Whilst we’re sad to close this chapter, we are delighted to continue our transformation towards a cleaner, greener fleet,” said Corneel Koster, the airline’s chief customer officer.

The aircraft was the last Boeing 747 passenger jet to be operated in the United Kingdom, following the retirement of the British Airways’ fleet in October.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)


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