ALERT British Airways to retire its first Boeing 747 tomorrow


British Airways will tomorrow retire its first Boeing 747 since announcing last month that all 31 of its jumbo jets had sadly flown their last commercial services.

The Boeing 747-400, registration G-CIVD, will depart from London Heathrow on Tuesday, 18 August at 9am local time under flight number BA9170E after more than 25 magnificent years of flying.

British Airways’ fleet of 747s are being retired at an accelerated rate as a result of the devastating impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the airline and the aviation sector, which is not predicted to recover to 2019 levels until at least 2024.

British Airways 747 – G-CIVD fact file:

Date it entered service14 December 1994
Retirement date19 August 2020
Popular / recent routesLast flight was to Lagos, part of the repatriation effort, on 18 April 2020
Liveries wornLandor – ‘City of Coventry’Current: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard with oneworld logo
Seating configurationFirst: 14Club: 52World Traveller Plus: 36World Traveller: 243
Facts and stats (approximate)Top speed: 565mphTake off speed: 180mphLength: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4mWeight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 enginesFlown 115,276.8 hours, 13,364 flights and over 50 million miles

The 747 has been an iconic part of British Airways’ fleet for nearly fifty years. At one point the airline operated 57 of the aircraft, with the jumbo jet’s first flight to New York in 1971.

The fuel-hungry aircraft were slowly being phased out by British Airways as they reached the end of their working life in order to help meet the company’s commitment to net zero by 2050. The airline has invested heavily in new, modern long-haul aircraft including six A350s and 32 787s which are around 25 per cent more fuel-efficient than the 747.