British Airways Announces Retirement of 747 Family Fleet

This is so sad, the 747 was the first plane I ever flew on (5 weeks old) and I’ve flown on it many times since. The BA 747 is arguably the most recognisable plane out there and it’s devastating to see it go. Here’s a picture at the gate at Heathrow in 2018 having just arrived from JFK, my last time on the 747

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The only small slither of hope we have is that’s it’s ‘subject to consultation.’ However knowing BA this probably just involves telling the unions. I guess the BA 747 will be just another victim of corona. Along with the KLM 744, Qantas 744, Delta MD80 and MD90, Iberia’s A340, Air France’s A380… the list goes on.

Why couldn’t they have retired the A380 instead :(

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They should’ve never ordered it, they should’ve gone for the 747-8

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They went well with the A380. A380 can carry more pax and still uses less fuel

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No OnE cArEs, QuEeN iS qUeEn

Im stating facts. The A380 is better for an airline than 748

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Then why have Lufthansa got rid of their A380s and not the 748

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Air France just retired all their A380s. Lufthansa is retiring A380s but not 747-8s as they’re more efficient and easier to fill.

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Different countries - Different load factors

The Class set out is different per airline

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Hhhmmm not sure about that

I will not be sad when all A380’s are retired and scrapped at all. But once each and every 747 is gone, I will cry my eyes out.

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I think it’s down to the fact that the A380 is simply more expensive to run.

My generation: HEY LOOK!! JUMBO JET

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/gooneybird29/40114892852

Modern Generation: HEY LOOK!! A JUMBO JET!!
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https://www.aerospace-technology.com/projects/airbus-a350-1000-aircraft/

Non Ave-Geek Generation: HEY LOOK!! A JUMBO JET!!

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https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/312266-boeing-737-max-completes-first-faa-test-flight-on-road-to-recertification

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https://www.coavmi.com/en/cessna-172-the-most-famous-airplane

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It’s sad that’s there’s no way to avoid the Queen’s fate (unless there’s a reason relating to money). Though let’s hope that when BA gets rid of them all they have a special way to dedicate the 747’s last goodbye.

hehe I can agree on that, 747 forever!

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Wait, there are Airbus fans?

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I am making this my pfp for a while to remember it. Feel free to do the same.

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As much as I am one of the biggest Airbus fans, the 747 is iconic. It’s one bird I truly wish I got to fly with BA. Sad to see it go! A piece of history being flown away to retirement.

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I was planning on keeping the rocket for the rest of the week, but due to this, the Bruhtish 747 will return

Edit: It’s already back

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I am confused, is Has British Airways retired them all permanently for good? Or are they all being retired by 2024?

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British Airways has proposed to retire all 28 Boeing 747-400s over the next few months. However, there’s a slim chance they may reconsider as the plan will go through consulting. If the plan goes through, British Airways will never operate another commercial flight with the Boeing 747 and their retirement will be accelerated from 2024 to sometime soon.

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