Thursday, May 26, 2016

A Former Virgin Atlantic 747-400 Is Up for Sale on E-Bay

By: Staff / Published: May 26, 2016

Ever fancied having a Boeing 747 as an ultimate man-cave?

Now, you may become the owner of a former Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747, which has been offered for sale at with an opening bid reserve of just $299,000, or you can buy it now for $900,000 (transportation and labor costs not included.)

According to Concord Aerospace, the seller of the airframe, Lady Penelope (G-VFAB /MSN 24958/LN 1028) was retired “after a illustrious career in the skies for the past 25 years as a part of the Virgin Atlantic fleet.”

VS744-1Being the first of the 747-400 series to join Virgin Atlantic, Lady Penelope was delivered to Virgin Atlantic in 1994. After retirement, the aircraft was sent to Goodyear in Arizona, where it is now available for sale, although it is not in flyable condition as the engines, avionics and Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) have been removed.

13244601_1010872812336633_5174533516576640490_n 13267767_1010872132336701_7549141321563932096_n

“We have all of the capabilities to disassemble and transport the plane in sections. It is also possible to section out the plane out if you only require the fuselage, cockpit or the wings,” the seller said.

13240566_1010873185669929_2083344054435843056_n 13254033_1010872899003291_7455104492749996725_n 13254411_1010873562336558_8157264938746462298_n 13254155_1010873589003222_9213417550984468230_n

Virgin Atlantic is known for their marketing flair, but this was not their idea nor do they necessarily endorse it, according to a statement from the airline “As part of our ongoing investment in newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft, some of our older models are now retiring from the fleet. We handed G-VFAB back to the lessor in the condition required, and regrettably what it chooses to do with it after return is not in our control.”  Virgin adamantly points out that the airline’s branding and the livery will be removed from the exterior of the aircraft prior to the sale.

While the Boeing 747-400 seems to be vanishing from the fleet at several carriers, some of them, such as Lady Penelope, are finding its way to a second life.

Editor’s noteWhat are the benefits of subscribing to our weekly newsletter? You’ll get a summary of our top stories of the week, along with our exclusive Weekend Reads column and a Photo of the Week from the extensive AirwaysNews archives. The newsletter comes out every Saturday morning. Click here to subscribe today!

Contact the editor at

The post A Former Virgin Atlantic 747-400 Is Up for Sale on E-Bay appeared first on Airchive.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...