Late last night British Airways sent an emotional communication to staff announcing the immediate early retirement of their fleet of 30 Boeing 747-400s. British Airways' final two Heathrow based Boeing 747 aircraft have departed the airport for the very last time. Live footage from the scene shows the two aircraft’s preparing for a synchronised dual take off on parallel runways at Heathrow. Thursday morning, I was at a gloomy and grey London Heathrow Airport, ready to bid farewell to BA’s final two Queen of the Skies. Maaaan! 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This is "BA 747 farewell flights" by NATS on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. They burn more fuel than their twin-engine counterparts and require more maintenance. The COVID-19 pandemic forced British Airways to abruptly end their 747 operations due to a lack of passengers in July 2020. It is a heart-breaking decision to have to make. Letting go of our B747s is definitely harder than break up to take! According to a letter sent to BA staff last night, the 747 is an ‘airliner of another era’. I know I speak for our customers and the many thousands of colleagues who have spent much of their careers alongside them when I say we will miss seeing them grace our skies.”. BA farewells 747s. October 10, 2020 by Martin J Cowling Leave A Comment “Sad Day for All” the understated words of an Air Traffic Controller at Kemble/Cotswold Airport summed up how I and so many 747 enthusiasts felt as the very last two British Airways Jumbo 747-400s departed the fleet. It is now one of only two British Airways aircraft to carry a name, the other being a Boeing 787 named after the airline’s late heritage director, Paul Jarvis. 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I won’t be able to fly with these queens ever again #BA747Farewell. Pinterest. In the years since, British Airways has continually operated the Boeing 747, switching from the -100 to the -200 and then the -400. According to a letter sent to BA staff last night, the 747 is an ‘airliner of another era’. Find out how HERE. Of course, Boeing still needs to complete flight testing of the 777X before deliveries start. They burn more fuel than their twin-engine counterparts and require more maintenance. BA's predecessor BOAC introduced the 747 on the London-New York route in 1971, and at its peak BA had 57 747-400s. To find news and information that is hyperlocal to your postcode, use our widget below. They will always hold a special place in our hearts at British Airways.”. Indeed, just yesterday, Simple Flying reported that there were only 30 passenger Boeing 747 aircraft actively flying around the world. This, it seems, sealed their fate, and the fate of the many avgeeks who were hoping to enjoy at least one more spin on the Queen before she retired. There is plenty of social media reaction to the farewell flight: The planes have both taken off simultaneously through some thick cloud, but they are still just about visible as they cimb. British Airways: farewell to 747 fleet. Although demand is slowly recovering, British Airways estimates that pre-COVID levels won’t be achieved until 2023 to 2024 at the earliest. The airline has been spending lots of money on a more fuel-efficient long-haul fleet, and in the past year has taken delivery of six brand new Airbus A350 aircraft, alongside Boeing 787s. This morning, October 8th, British Airways’ remaining 2 Boeing 747-400s based at Heathrow taxied for take off for the last time. However, there is a slim possibility that this could be the case. British Airways took delivery of its first 747-400 in July 1989 and its last in April 1999. G-BNLI is the 11th 747 to be withdrawn from service at BA. This will be followed by a flypast along the southerly runway by one of the aircraft (G-CIVY in current BA livery) as it bids its home a final farewell. British Airways bids farewell to B747s at Heathrow 8 Oct 2020 by Mark Caswell British Airways said goodbye to its final two Heathrow-based B747 jumbo aircraft this morning. This time last year, the British Airways Boeing 747 was the center of attention as Britain’s flag carrier geared up to celebrate its 100th birthday. The aircraft was initially delivered in the livery in February 1993. Flying into retirement, BA’s two jumbo jets took to the skies one after the other from runway 27R. One person has described saying farewell to them as harder than a break-up! SurreyLive will provided live updates on the farewell flight in the blog below. British Airways 747 Final Farewell from London #Heathrow #BA747Farewell One of the jumbos, 22-year-old G-CIVY, flew for 51 minutes to BA’s maintenance depot in St Athan, Wales, and … A special send-off has seen the last two British Airways Boeing 747s at Heathrow depart for the final time. Once the world's largest operator of the 747, BA has now retired its entire jumbo jet fleet after Covid-19 curtailed most air travel, accelerating the move to more fuel-efficient planes. Twitter. “hey have been at the centre of so many memories, including my very first long-haul flight. The airline also has an order with Boeing for up to 42 777Xs. Based in Frankfurt, Germany. During the pandemic she has been flying PPE around the world. Sign up to our daily aviation news digest. The first aircraft joined the airline’s predecessor, BOAC, in 1970. This was also the case when Virgin Atlantic suddenly pulled the plug on the queen earlier this year. On 11 August 2014, flight BA78 arrived at London Heathrow from Accra in Ghana. Stay informed: Sign up for our daily aviation news digest. However, the sad reality is that most will likely end up getting stored in the desert or scrapped. Most impressive was the Landor livery that G-BNLY received, notable thanks to the story attached. Fans of the iconic aircraft have been sharing their memories on Twitter: Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said: We will pay tribute to them for the incredible part they have played in our 100-year history and to the millions of customers and BA colleagues who have flown on board and taken care of them. A year ago, nobody could’ve imagined that the aviation industry would end up where it is today. On Monday, Taiwan’s China Airlines has announced that it will be operating a Boeing 747-400 farewell flight in February. This included several Lufthansa Boeing 747-8s. As a result, flyers were unable to celebrate the legendary aircraft with goodbye flights or final departures on the airframes. In March last year, it once again donned the Landor livery and was retitled as the City of Swansea. British Airways’ final two Heathrow based Boeing 747 aircraft are set to depart from the airport for the very last time. Not long now, G-CIVB entered service in February 1994. 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