British Airways retires final Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet
British Airway retired the last of Boeing 747 fleet on Thursday when the final two planes still in service departed from London Heathrow.
One of the 747’s; G-CIVY circled back over the runway before flying to St. Athan, Wales, to be retired, while the other, G-CIVB, will be kept at Kemble, England.
The Boeing 747 first flew in 1969 and quickly gain popularity among airlines and is known as the ‘queen of the skies’.
All together British Airways had over 110 747 aircraft in its fleet from series 100 to 400. During the 90s BA was the largest operator of the 747-400 with 57 aircraft in its fleet.
Many airlines have started to retire older aircraft earlier than planned due to the impact of Covid-19.