Lonely Planet Writer

Your own private jumbo jet? Boeing 747 used by Virgin Atlantic up for sale on eBay

Children and aviation aficionados will be pleased to know that there is a way for them to get their own passenger plane now.

The auction listing for the Boeing 747 jet.
The auction listing for the Boeing 747 jet. Image by eBay

The Boeing 747 jumbo jet that Virgin Atlantic uses for its London to New York route is now for sale on eBay.

The Lady Penelope as the plane’s known as, was taken out of service last year. Instead of allowing the plane to turn into scrap parts, the brains at Virgin Atlantic have decided to put it up for sale in the hope that some buyer will be able to convert the humungous plane into a restaurant or accommodation of sorts.

Virgin Atlantic.
Virgin Atlantic. Image by Aero Icarus / CC BY-SA 2.0

And it’s not a bad idea, with several people having recently converted planes into homes and even hotels of note.

But of course, as might have been expected, it does not come cheap.

Lady Penelope comes with a ‘Buy It Now’ price tag of $900,000 while bidding starts from $300,000, and that’s in spite of the fact that she’s never going to fly the in the skies again.

Virgin Ariways
Virgin Ariways Image by Jonathan / CC BY 2.0

Referred to as the Queen in the Skies, the Boeing 747-400 Boeing’s 747-400 was the world’s first wide-body aircraft, a real innovation at the time of creation! It has a fuselage measuring 21ft wide, a wingspan of 211.5 ft and length of 232ft.