The V.1000 made its first flight on June 20, 1956 and entered service with the RAF in April 1958. The airliner variant, the VC.7, entered service with British Overseas Airways Corporation on January 1, 1958 with a flight from London to Toronto via Halifax. The initial variant, the Type 1000, carried 110-131 passengers over a range of 3,600 nautical miles. In response to requests from airlines for greater range, Vickers developed the Type 1050, with improved engines and increased MTOW, extending the range to 4,500 nautical miles.
Vickers went on to deliver 540 VC.7s between 1958 and 1968. The VC.7's reign at the top of the British airliner market was relatively brief, as it was superseded by the larger, faster, and longer-ranged VC-10. British Airways, which had inherited the VC.7 from BOAC, flew its last scheduled VC.7 flight on September 30, 1983 as Flight 193 from Lagos to London, piloted by Captain Eric Moody. Other airlines would continue to use the VC.7 into the 21st century, with the last airline to operate it in scheduled passenger service, Saha Airlines of Iran, retiring it in April 2013.
- In OTL, the Vickers V1000/VC.7 was cancelled before any examples of the aircraft were built.
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