Farewell G-BYGF

In July of 2020 British Airways officially announced the retirement of their 747 fleet. By this time only 9 of the 31 remaining aircraft remained at Heathrow, the airport where they have been based for their whole working life. These were :

G-CIVB (Negus)
G-CIVH (Left 31.08.2020)
G-CIVD (Left 18.08.2020)
G-BYGF (Left 26.08.2020)

As you can see now only 6 remain as 3 have already been sent to the scrap.

As I arrived at Heathrow I heard the news G-BYGFs departure had been delayed by around 30-40 minutes. This gave me enough time to visit the other 747s still stored at Heathrow.

G-CIVB, CIVY, CIVI and CIVH all lined up with G-CIVK in the background and G-CIVE on the left. This was probably the last time I’ll ever see a row of 747s lined up at Heathrow.

G-CIVY who was delivered in 1998 and had flown 90,000 hours before lockdown.

G-CIVI (City of Gloucester) which was delivered in 1996 and has 100,000 hours in the air.

G-CIVH (City of Hereford) who was built in 1996 and officially retired on the 31st of August. It had just short of 102,000 hours when it retired.

G-CIVK who was built in 1997 and has 103,700 hours on the clock.

G-CIVB (City of Litchfield) was built in 1994 and is the oldest BA 747 remaining. It has flown 117,000 hours which makes it the 4th most used of the BA 747s. This is behind CIVA (124,700) BNLY (121,600) and (CIVC (120,500)

G-CIVP who operated the last ever commercial 747 service for BA in June. It has flown 102,500 hours and was built in 1998.

And finally G-BYGF. This is the second youngest BA 747 and the first 747 I ever flew back in 2017.

Because of this I wanted to see it leave Heathrow for the last ever time, however…

I positioned myself near the threshold of 27L so I could see it line up and hear the power go in. Sadly though the tower offered him an intersection departure (which he took) and he ended up departing from N4E which is a good 1000m down the runway. So I didn’t even see it in the end. However I managed to grab 1 picture, albeit a dreadful one.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the final departure of G-BYGF :


Good friend

sad to see it go


Great pics btw!


Thank you and yeah it’s very sad to see them all go without a proper farewell. Especially Big F who was meant to leave in 2023.


I feel like they could make one a museum piece and still make it profitable. Don’t want to see all the queens torn to shreds for who knows what.


Negus 😍😍

Great pictures! Crazy how massive the queen is.

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Don’t forget that G-CIVP was also the “supersonic” 747 that did JFK-LHR in 4h56 in February!

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I’d hope so but it’s BA so I don’t see it happening. They’d rather get as much money as they can by scrapping them all instead of donating any.


It’s so sad to see such a planes days come to an end. The Boeing 747 without a doubt shaped the commercial aviation industry as we know it today, as it set several standards and turned out to be a valuable asset to airlines that used it. I have never flown in one, but it has been my dream to for almost my entire life. Now there probably won’t ever be a chance now that they are all being retired, at least from passenger service.


You might still have a chance to fly Lufthansa’s -8s

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its crazy to say this but i actually started flying with BA more often because of the 747… the airline i usually fly retired them so i switched to BA . my last flight on a 747 was in BA first in the nose and ill never forget it … i was very lucky to have flown the 747 at least 10 times if not more … its a plane that ill never forget

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