Wednesday, 7 October 2020

BA to say goodbye to its last 747s tomorrow..............the last two leave London Heathrow with synchronised take off at 0830


The UK's  British Airways has confirmed that its final two Heathrow based Boeing 747 aircraft are scheduled to depart from the airport for the very last time tomorrow morning (Thursday 8 October). One aircraft is painted in its heritage ‘Negus’ livery and the other in its current Chatham Dockyard livery.

Thousands of British Airways flight crew, cabin crew and engineering teams have worked over several decades on and with the aircraft during their time at British Airways during a period when they represented the heart of the airline’s long-haul fleet. 

To commemorate G-CIVB and G-CIVY’s final take-off from the airport at 08:30am, the airline has arranged a special send-off with a unique and rarely seen synchronised dual take off on parallel runways*, which will be followed by flypast along the southerly runway by one of the aircraft (G-CIVY in current BA livery) as it bids its home a final farewell.

Celebrating the occasion in a virtual way to keep spectators safe, the airline will be live streaming moments from the departure on its Facebook page and is also inviting its colleagues, aviation enthusiasts and customers to share any special memories or photos of British Airways’ 747s on social media channels at 7:47am and 7.47pm on their departure day using the hashtag #BA747farewell.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said “Tomorrow will be a difficult day for everybody at British Airways as the aircraft leaves our home at Heathrow for the very last time. We will pay tribute to them for the incredible part they have played in our 100-year history and to the millions of customers and BA colleagues who have flown onboard and taken care of them.

“We hope that Britain will join us in sharing their memories with us on social media at 7:47am and 7.47pm on Thursday using #BA747farewell.”

In July British Airways announced that its remaining 747s had sadly flown their last commercial services as a result of the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the airline and the aviation sector. The fleet is being replaced by quieter more fuel-efficient aircraft as part of the airline’s commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

British Airways 747 G-CIVB

Date it entered service

February 15, 1994

Retirement date

September 08, 2020

Popular/recent routes

Last passenger flight was April 6, 2020 from Miami to Heathrow

Livery

Current livery: Negus

Previous livery: Landor and was named ‘City of Litchfield’

Fact and stats

(approx.)

Operated 13,398 flights
Flown for 118,445 hours

Flown 59 million miles

 

British Airways 747 G-CIVY

Date it entered service

September 29, 1998

Retirement date

September 08, 2020

Popular/recent routes

March 20, 2020 last passenger flight from Chicago to Heathrow

April 5, 2020 last freighter flight from Dallas to Heathrow

Livery

Chatham Dockyard

Fact and stats

(approx.)

Operated 11,034 flights

Flown for 90,161 hours

Flown 45 million miles

 


*The departure of the aircraft and dual runway take-off is weather dependant and could be subject to change on the day.


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