Let us know your favorite memory of the type down in the comments below! BA’s predecessor BOAC introduced the 747 on the London-New York route in 1971, and at its peak BA had 57 747-400s. It’s always hard to say goodbye. One of the aircraft has been rolled forwards, in preparation for being taxied. According to a letter sent to BA staff last night, the 747 is an ‘airliner of another era’. Flying into retirement, BA’s two jumbo jets took to the skies one after the other from runway 27R. Linkedin. Facebook. Sign up to our daily aviation news digest. @TomBurridgebbc is live at Heathrow on #BBCBreakfast https://t.co/JMjSvPupEr pic.twitter.com/dBAUNb2bRi. These planes, especially those at Heathrow, will need to depart their current location for a flight to their final resting places. 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. One of the last British Airways 747s seems to be doing a loop of London: You can get news and features from Surrey delivered straight to your inbox, by signing up to our newsletter. I'm so proud of him. British Airways took delivery of its first 747-400 in July 1989 and its last in April 1999. Captain Al Bridger, who flies for British Airways and piloted one of the 747s on its last ever departure from Heathrow, British Airways’ remaining two Boeing 747 aircraft based at Heathrow taxi for take off for the last time, BA's 747 with a registration of G-CIVY passing over Berkshire after doing a flypast at Heathrow. This retirement came with no fanfare, and was much faster than the original retirement schedule. At the time, it was named the City of Swansea. Boeing has been manufacturing the 747 aircraft for more than 50 years and the planes were considerably larger than existing airliners, with a capacity of around 550 passengers. This was also the case when Virgin Atlantic suddenly pulled the plug on the queen earlier this year. However, the sad reality is that most will likely end up getting stored in the desert or scrapped. Working closely with British Airways, Lufthansa and others, Tom provides commentary on topical issues for outlets including the BBC. The current pandemic has sped up the end for many aircraft. However, there is a slim possibility that this could be the case. SurreyLive will provided live updates on the farewell flight in the blog below. The airline had repainted three Boeing 747s in historic liveries, to celebrate its heritage. Sharron Livingston - Jul 19, 2020. Late last night British Airways sent an emotional communication to staff announcing the immediate early retirement of their fleet of 30 Boeing 747-400s. Will you miss the Boeing 747? British Airways' final two Heathrow based Boeing 747 aircraft have departed the airport for the very last time. G-CIVY entered service in September 1998. Most impressive was the Landor livery that G-BNLY received, notable thanks to the story attached. BA live streamed the departure on its Facebook page and also invited colleagues, aviation enthusiasts and customers to share any special memories or photos of British Airways 747s on social media using the hashtag #BA747farewell. Given this statement, it seems unlikely that any farewell flights will be conducted for the airline. To find news and information that is hyperlocal to your postcode, use our widget below. A special send-off has seen the last two British Airways Boeing 747s at Heathrow depart for the final time. In the years since, British Airways has continually operated the Boeing 747, switching from the -100 to the -200 and then the -400. However, the airline did not disclose an exact date for the retirement of its remaining four 747-400s. British Airways acknowledged this, stating, “The airline’s jumbo jets are currently grounded at various locations in the UK and are now only expected to reach heights of 35,000 feet as they make their final journeys.”. There is hope that a few could end up as museum pieces around the globe like the airline’s former Concorde fleet. British Airways has been the biggest operator of 747-400 passenger planes, but alas no more, as they plan to retire them all remaining Jumbo’s in their fleet over the next few months, blaming COVID-19. British Airways has yet to confirm where the final journeys of the Boeing 747 will take them. We take a look at whether an early retirement for the aircraft could be on the cards. Email. Some of these were initially envisioned to replace the Boeing 747. So many people, including many thousands of our colleagues past and present, have spent countless hours on and with these wonderful planes. They burn more fuel than their twin-engine counterparts and require more maintenance. British Airways' final two Heathrow based Boeing 747 aircraft have departed the airport for the very last time. 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. The most wonderful human being I have ever known. 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. This morning, October 8th, British Airways’ remaining 2 Boeing 747-400s based at Heathrow taxied for take off for the last time. Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO has provided his reaction. The aircraft is now passing over Berkshire as it heads away from Heathrow. They were known by British Airways as The Queen Of The Skies. 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. This is the official British Airways video to commemorate the last two B747s departing from Heathrow on 8 October 2020. In July 2020, British Airways announced that its remaining 747s had sadly flown their last commercial services as a result of the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the airline and the aviation sector. 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, 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. British Airways told Simple Flying that the suspension is due to recent events; however, it could change in the future. While the chances of flying on a British Airways Boeing 747 ever again are relatively slim, aviation enthusiasts are likely to get a chance to see them fly one last time. Content Manager – Degree educated in Aerospace Technology, this certified pilot is a passionate specialist in European aviation. BA: Farewell to the Boeing 747 aircraft – Queen of the skies. Today was an emotional milestone in the retirement of our 747 fleet as it was our last chance to see the Queen of the Skies depart from our home at Heathrow. However, as so many have become deeply attached to the type, there was tremendous hope that it would make it through the crisis. Commenting on the farewell, British Airways CEO Alex Cruz said. “hey have been at the centre of so many memories, including my very first long-haul flight. The retirement of the airline’s fleet was brought forward as a result of the impact the Covid-19 pandemic. Now that the Boeing 747 fleet is being retired, its time to look towards a new era where sustainability and fuel efficiency are kings. They will always hold a special place in our hearts at British Airways.”. Find out how you can get more news from SurreyLive straight to your inbox HERE. Its days have been numbered, though, in light of new, modern, fuel-efficient aircraft such as Airbus’ A350 and Boeing’s 787. 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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. While some of the fleet has already been ferried to aircraft graveyards in anticipation of today’s announcement, many are still at airports such as Bournemouth, Cardiff, and even Heathrow itself. The aircraft was initially delivered in the livery in February 1993. The first aircraft joined the airline’s predecessor, BOAC, in 1970. Maaaan! Farewell! BA is live streaming the departure on its Facebook page. BA is currently flying the 747-400 version of the long-range aircraft. Once the world’s largest operator of the 747, BA has now retired its entire jumbo jet fleet after the COVID-19 pandemic curtailed most air travel The airline also has an order with Boeing for up to 42 777Xs. British Airways has now been flying the Boeing 747 for over half a century. Join us live as we bid a final farewell to Vb (Negus) and VY, the last of the BA 747 fleet. BA: Farewell to the Boeing 747 aircraft – Queen of the skies. BA's predecessor BOAC introduced the 747 on the London-New York route in 1971, and at its peak BA had 57 747-400s. I won’t be able to fly with these queens ever again #BA747Farewell. It’s a wet and miserable looking day but these magnificent planes have seen far worse in their time. The 747s have played a huge role in our 100-year history, forming the backbone of our fleet for over 50 years. 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Share. We hope that Britain will join us in sharing their memories with us on social media at 7.47am and 7.47pm on Thursday using #BA747farewell.”. 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