However, as so many have become deeply attached to the type, there was tremendous hope that it would make it through the crisis. They burn more fuel than their twin-engine counterparts and require more maintenance. SurreyLive provided live updates on the farewell flight in the blog below. Linkedin. 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. Share. They were known by British Airways as The Queen Of The Skies. This is the official British Airways video to commemorate the last two B747s departing from Heathrow on 8 October 2020. 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. 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. BA farewells 747s. We use ads to keep our content free. However, there is a slim possibility that this could be the case. We take a look at whether an early retirement for the aircraft could be on the cards. It is currently the world's biggest operator of 747-400s and first took delivery of them in July 1989. Most impressive was the Landor livery that G-BNLY received, notable thanks to the story attached. Not long now, G-CIVB entered service in February 1994. Farewell! The current pandemic has sped up the end for many aircraft. British Airways has yet to confirm where the final journeys of the Boeing 747 will take them. Stay informed: Sign up for our daily aviation news digest. Let us know your favorite memory of the type down in the comments below! Maaaan! One of the aircraft has been rolled forwards, in preparation for being taxied. 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 … Posted by 2paxfly | Jul 17, 2020 | Airlines, News, Uncategorized. At the time, it was named the City of Swansea. If this were the case, the three retro-jets, plus a fourth Chatham Dockyard aircraft, would be perfect for the honor. 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. 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 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. Just this week, Qantas hosted a series of three farewell flights for its final Boeing 747. Based in Frankfurt, Germany. Find out how HERE. @TomBurridgebbc is live at Heathrow on #BBCBreakfast https://t.co/JMjSvPupEr pic.twitter.com/dBAUNb2bRi. During the pandemic she has been flying PPE around the world. In the years since, British Airways has continually operated the Boeing 747, switching from the -100 to the -200 and then the -400. The airline also has an order with Boeing for up to 42 777Xs. The live video can be watched below: The farewell flight is getting global attention, with this enthusiast watching from his home in New Zealand, Watching the goodbye of British Airways 747-400's from my lounge in Tauranga, New Zealand!Goodbye your Majesty!#BA747Farewell @scottiebateman @DaveWallsworth pic.twitter.com/F2z87uKBXB. By. On Monday, Taiwan’s China Airlines has announced that it will be operating a Boeing 747-400 farewell flight in February. The fleet is being replaced by quieter more fuel-efficient aircraft as part of the airline’s commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Join us live as we bid a final farewell to Vb (Negus) and VY, the last of the BA 747 fleet. 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. The planes took off through some thick cloud, but were still just about visible as they climbed into the sky. Twitter. Watch the first of two 747s take off in the #BA747Farewell. She has flown for 90,161 hours and flown 45 million miles. For the aircraft operating the route, a Boeing 747-400 (registration G-BNLI), this was its last passenger flight after more than 24 years’ service at the airline (Source: The BA Source.) However, as times changed, along with the rest of the British Airways fleet, the aircraft was repainted into the current Chatham Dockyard livery. Content Manager – Degree educated in Aerospace Technology, this certified pilot is a passionate specialist in European aviation. Print. The farewell flight will also include an exclusive ground tour and a flight over Japan’s Mount Fuji. Late last night British Airways sent an emotional communication to staff announcing the immediate early retirement of their fleet of 30 Boeing 747-400s. With the current drop-in demand, having these planes on order could be a boon for British Airways, as it can take delivery of them as and when demand picks up, while not maintaining empty aircraft in the meantime. Find out how you can get more news from SurreyLive straight to your inbox HERE. Sharron Livingston - Jul 19, 2020. According to a letter sent to BA staff last night, the 747 is an ‘airliner of another era’. Letting go of our B747s is definitely harder than break up to take! 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. The current crisis has brought airlines to their knees on an unprecedented scale. The fuel-hungry Boeing 747 aircraft were slowly being phased out by British Airways as they reached the end of their working life. BA: Farewell to the Boeing 747 aircraft – Queen of the skies. British Airways took delivery of its first 747-400 in July 1989 and its last in April 1999. 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. Given this statement, it seems unlikely that any farewell flights will be conducted for the airline. Alas, it was not to be. G-CIVY entered service in September 1998. These planes, especially those at Heathrow, will need to depart their current location for a flight to their final resting places. Even though the final British Airways Boeing 747 should not have left the fleet until 2024, despite the fact that, much like the recently retired Delta Boeing 777s, some had newly been refreshed, it was time to say goodbye. Email. 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. 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