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On Thursday 8 October 2020, British National Carrier said goodbye to their last British Airways Boeing 747s as they departed from Heathrow for the final time.
From their Heathrow airport, it is said that actually one of the planes re-joined the final approach and performed a failed landing attempt to give aviation lovers one last chance to see the queen of the skies in action.
British Airways bought their first Boeing 747 in 1971. This model brought a transformation in the aviation industry due to its beautiful and luxurious design, toppled with an upper deck. Definitely, this became the king of the skies for long haul flights.
Up to its retirement date, British Airway’s 747s have been flying to key routes such as New York, Dubai San Francisco and Beijing, using Heathrow as its base for the entirety of its 50 years of service.
Earlier, BA had announced to retire this birds in 2024 but due to COVID-19, the airline made a decision to retire them in 2020.
All over the world, most airlines are now replacing the 747 with more modernized aircraft such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the A350, which are more efficient, even in terms of fuel consumption, more spacious, environmentally friendly, fast, and fitted with the latest technology.
In the same way that the introduction of the 747 ushered in a new era of commercial aviation, its retirement also gives the industry an opportunity to transform aviation in the future through the exploration of sustainable aviation fuels and other environmentally friendly technologies.
Records indicate that over 3.5 billion passengers have flown in the BA’s 747s since they were introduced. That’s a huge figure compared to other airline operators around the world.
Their last two flights flew to Cardiff and the other to Kemble, in Gloucestershire, where the two jumbo jets were broken down for spare parts.