BA’s last two 747s on FINAL FLIGHT – Reign over for Queen of the Skies | UK | News (Reports)

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The jumbo jets left the west London airport shortly after 8.35am yesterday as almost 20,000 people watched a live stream of the event on Facebook. The airline brought forward the retirement of its fleet of 747-400 aircraft because of the impact of Covid-19 on the aviation sector.

The fleet was known by British Airways as Queen of the Skies.

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BA once boasted the world’s largest fleet of the 747-400 model with 31 aircraft.

The G-CIVB and G-CIVY 747 models had been due to perform a synchronised dual take-off on parallel runways, but instead departed from the same runway separately.

BA said the G-CIVB model entered service in February 1994 and had flown 59 million miles, while G-CIVY had clocked up 45 million miles having first taken to the skies in September 1998.

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The two aircraft will be flying to Kemble, Glos, and St Athan airfield in south Wales, the airline said.

The 747 fleet is to be replaced by quieter, more fuel-efficient aircraft as part of BA’s commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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