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Live footage from the scene shows the two aircraft’s preparing for a synchronised dual take off on parallel runways at Heathrow. If this were the case, the three retro-jets, plus a fourth Chatham Dockyard aircraft, would be perfect for the honor. Unfortunately, an order for the -8 was never made, meaning the line stops here. 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As a result, flyers were unable to celebrate the legendary aircraft with goodbye flights or final departures on the airframes. According to a letter sent to BA staff last night, the 747 is an ‘airliner of another era’. We use ads to keep our content free. Watch the first of two 747s take off in the #BA747Farewell. This video shows one of the aircraft taking to the sky. In March last year, it once again donned the Landor livery and was retitled as the City of Swansea. On Monday, Taiwan’s China Airlines has announced that it will be operating a Boeing 747-400 farewell flight in February. So many people, including many thousands of our colleagues past and present, have spent countless hours on and with these wonderful planes. 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. Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO has provided his reaction. British Airways’ final two Heathrow based Boeing 747 aircraft are set to depart from the airport for the very last time. I won’t be able to fly with these queens ever again #BA747Farewell. 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A special send-off has seen the last two British Airways Boeing 747s at Heathrow depart for the final time. On 11 August 2014, flight BA78 arrived at London Heathrow from Accra in Ghana. Its days have been numbered, though, in light of new, modern, fuel-efficient aircraft such as Airbus’ A350 and Boeing’s 787. According to a letter sent to BA staff last night, the 747 is an ‘airliner of another era’. @TomBurridgebbc is live at Heathrow on #BBCBreakfast https://t.co/JMjSvPupEr pic.twitter.com/dBAUNb2bRi. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. I'm so proud of him. BA’s predecessor BOAC introduced the 747 on the London-New York route in 1971, and at its peak BA had 57 747-400s. Indeed, just yesterday, Simple Flying reported that there were only 30 passenger Boeing 747 aircraft actively flying around the world. They will always hold a special place in our hearts at British Airways.”. The final two BA 747-400s left at Heathrow, G-CIVY and G-CIVB, were headed for St Athan in Wales, and Kemble in Gloucestershire, respectively. 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. Please Support us by turning off your adblocker. 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.”. The fuel-hungry Boeing 747 aircraft were slowly being phased out by British Airways as they reached the end of their working life. Working closely with British Airways, Lufthansa and others, Tom provides commentary on topical issues for outlets including the BBC. These planes, especially those at Heathrow, will need to depart their current location for a flight to their final resting places. Linkedin. 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. British Airways has now been flying the Boeing 747 for over half a century. Her last passenger flight was from Chicago to Heathrow. However, this is especially true for the British Airways Boeing 747, which has become so ingrained into history over the past 50 years. 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. Be in the know. Flying into retirement, BA’s two jumbo jets took to the skies one after the other from runway 27R. Find out how you can get more news from SurreyLive straight to your inbox HERE. The farewell flight will also include an exclusive ground tour and a flight over Japan’s Mount Fuji. Saturday night stay required, valid for travel 1st November through 31st March. BA's 'Queen of the Skies' jumbos bid farewell to rainy London British Airways Boeing 747 leaves London Heathrow airport However, as times changed, along with the rest of the British Airways fleet, the aircraft was repainted into the current Chatham Dockyard livery. 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. Stay informed: Sign up for our daily aviation news digest. Just this week, Qantas hosted a series of three farewell flights for its final Boeing 747. “hey have been at the centre of so many memories, including my very first long-haul flight. BA farewells 747s. ReddIt. Join us live as we bid a final farewell to Vb (Negus) and VY, the last of the BA 747 fleet. British Airways' final two Heathrow based Boeing 747 aircraft have departed the airport for the very last time. Most impressive was the Landor livery that G-BNLY received, notable thanks to the story attached. Simple Flying understands that British Airways is temporarily suspending its 747 fleet after a tweet was shared yesterday. 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. British Airways has yet to confirm where the final journeys of the Boeing 747 will take them. The airline had repainted three Boeing 747s in historic liveries, to celebrate its heritage. It’s always hard to say goodbye. One person has described saying farewell to them as harder than a break-up! British Airways told Simple Flying that the suspension is due to recent events; however, it could change in the future. BBC Breakfast filmed the take-off. BA: Farewell to the Boeing 747 aircraft – Queen of the skies. 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Print. However, last night the queen’s 50-year reign came to an end as British Airways confirmed the retirement of the type. The 747s have played a huge role in our 100-year history, forming the backbone of our fleet for over 50 years. SurreyLive will provided live updates on the farewell flight in the blog below. G-BNLI is the 11th 747 to be withdrawn from service at BA. There's a lot of emotional attachment to the 747s, with many cabin crew and passengers having fond memories of flying in them. Share. This was also the case when Virgin Atlantic suddenly pulled the plug on the queen earlier this year. Alas, it was not to be. 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. A year ago, nobody could’ve imagined that the aviation industry would end up where it is today. BA's predecessor BOAC introduced the 747 on the London-New York route in 1971, and at its peak BA had 57 747-400s. She has operated 13,398 flights and flown 59 million miles. There is hope that a few could end up as museum pieces around the globe like the airline’s former Concorde fleet. This is the official British Airways video to commemorate the last two B747s departing from Heathrow on 8 October 2020. 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.”. It’s a wet and miserable looking day but these magnificent planes have seen far worse in their time. Not long now, G-CIVB entered service in February 1994. The current crisis has brought airlines to their knees on an unprecedented scale. 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. Based in Frankfurt, Germany. British Airways: farewell to 747 fleet. British Airways announced it is bidding a fond farewell to its fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft – a plane fondly known as ‘The Queen of the Skies’. BA has launched a spot sale with 747 seats available in Club World to destinations served by the iconic aircraft. Twitter. However, there is a slim possibility that this could be the case. The first aircraft joined the airline’s predecessor, BOAC, in 1970. This is "BA 747 farewell flights" by NATS on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them. Sharron Livingston - Jul 19, 2020. 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. Now that the Boeing 747 fleet is being retired, its time to look towards a new era where sustainability and fuel efficiency are kings. Let us know your favorite memory of the type down in the comments below! Her last passenger flight was April 6, 2020 from Miami to Heathrow. However, as so many have become deeply attached to the type, there was tremendous hope that it would make it through the crisis. She has flown for 90,161 hours and flown 45 million miles. The retirement of the airline’s fleet was brought forward as a result of the impact the Covid-19 pandemic. The current pandemic has sped up the end for many aircraft. Sign up to our daily aviation news digest. They burn more fuel than their twin-engine counterparts and require more maintenance. 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. After all, the airline’s owner, IAG, previously warned that it was on the cards during its Q1 results presentation. This was a Boeing 747-100. 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. Will you miss the Boeing 747? By. The most wonderful human being I have ever known. The aircraft is now passing over Berkshire as it heads away from Heathrow. Letting go of our B747s is definitely harder than break up to take! Former pilots have told how the jet took some getting used to, from a cockpit positioned almost 30 feet above the ground and more when angling the nose higher just before touching the runway. 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 airline also has an order with Boeing for up to 42 777Xs. 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. Although demand is slowly recovering, British Airways estimates that pre-COVID levels won’t be achieved until 2023 to 2024 at the earliest. This retirement came with no fanfare, and was much faster than the original retirement schedule. This morning, October 8th, British Airways’ remaining 2 Boeing 747-400s based at Heathrow taxied for take off for the last time. It's currently climbing into the cloudy sky again. 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. G-CIVY entered service in September 1998. However, the airline did not disclose an exact date for the retirement of its remaining four 747-400s. Here's a screenshot from FlightRadar24, One of the aircraft, as promised, has just done a flypast of the southerly runway, in a final farewell. 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. Content Manager – Degree educated in Aerospace Technology, this certified pilot is a passionate specialist in European aviation. Facebook. BA: Farewell to the Boeing 747 aircraft – Queen of the skies. 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. Posted by 2paxfly | Jul 17, 2020 | Airlines, News, Uncategorized. It shouldn’t come as a total shock that British Airways is retiring the Boeing 747 early. They burn more fuel than their twin-engine counterparts and require more maintenance. 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. Commenting on the farewell, British Airways CEO Alex Cruz said. A selection of photos taken from Heathrow can be seen in the gallery below: Captain Al Bridger was one of the lucky pilots to fly one of the 747s for its last departure today, earning himself a place in BA’s history. 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 … BA is live streaming the departure on its Facebook page. During the pandemic she has been flying PPE around the world. 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. BA’s predecessor, BOAC, first used the 747 in 1971 and as with many airlines, the plane — affectionately referred to as either the “jumbo jet” or the “queen of the skies” — became a symbol of the new age of mass travel to all corners of the planet. However, the sad reality is that most will likely end up getting stored in the desert or scrapped. Farewell! British Airways took delivery of its first 747-400 in July 1989 and its last in April 1999. We take a look at whether an early retirement for the aircraft could be on the cards. Maaaan! 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. BA will be live streaming moments from the departure on its Facebook page and is also inviting its colleagues, aviation enthusiasts and customers to share any special memories or photos of British Airways 747s on social media channels at 7.47am and 7.47pm on their departure day using the hashtag #BA747farewell. In the years since, British Airways has continually operated the Boeing 747, switching from the -100 to the -200 and then the -400. 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 aircraft was initially delivered in the livery in February 1993. To find news and information that is hyperlocal to your postcode, use our widget below. Pinterest. The planes were considerably larger than existing airliners, with a capacity of around 550 passengers - known by British Airways as The Queen Of The Skies. 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. They were known by British Airways as The Queen Of The Skies. Given this statement, it seems unlikely that any farewell flights will be conducted for the airline. “This is not how we wanted or expected to have to say goodbye to our incredible fleet of 747 aircraft. SurreyLive provided live updates on the farewell flight in the blog below. Some of these were initially envisioned to replace the Boeing 747. Find out how HERE. 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. 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 Email. BA is currently flying the 747-400 version of the long-range aircraft. 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.”. 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. To commemorate the occasion the airline's two aircraft took to the skies, one after the other from Heathrow, shortly after 8.30am on Thursday (October 8). Of course, Boeing still needs to complete flight testing of the 777X before deliveries start. Late last night British Airways sent an emotional communication to staff announcing the immediate early retirement of their fleet of 30 Boeing 747-400s. One of the aircraft has been rolled forwards, in preparation for being taxied. It is a heart-breaking decision to have to make. 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