British Airways retires first Boeing 747

British Airways retires its first of 31 Boeing 747 aircraft ©BA

British Airways has retired its first Boeing 747 since announcing last month that all 31 of its jumbo jets had flown their last commercial services.

The Boeing 747-400, registration G-CIVD, departed from London Heathrow on August 18, under flight number BA9170E after more than 25 years of flying.

British Airways’ fleet of 747s are being retired at an accelerated rate as a result of the devastating impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the airline and the aviation sector, which is not predicted to recover to 2019 levels until at least 2024.

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