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British Airways is retiring its Boeing 747-400 fleet with immediate effect, according to an internal companywide email.
“With much regret, we are proposing, subject to consultation, the immediate retirement of our Queen of the Skies, the 747-400. We know there is speculation on social media and aviation websites, so we wanted to make our position clear,” said the airline to its staff.
The London-based airline is retiring all 28 Boeing 747 aircraft in coming months, ending a half century of flying the jumbo jetliner,
British Airways is the largest operator of the 747 and was originally plan to retire all 747s in 2024.
The carrier took delivery of its first double-decker 747-400, registered G-BNLC in 1989. The 747s served the airline for more than 50 years connecting continents.
“The unofficial flagship of our fleet, the 747-400 has a very special place in the hearts of aviation enthusiasts and of many of us. We know how many memories of this extra-special aircraft are shared across the BA family and our proposal to retire the fleet early has only been taken in response to the crisis we find ourselves in” the letter continued