British Airways 747 Immediate Retirement

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British Airways 747 Immediate Retirement

Unread post by Tipper » Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:04 pm

Sad to think that due to the 'immediate' retirement of the BA 747's, we will not ever see them in Cape Town again.



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Re: British Airways 747 Immediate Retirement

Unread post by Tipper » Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:09 pm

And a few taken at Heathrow..

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Re: British Airways 747 Immediate Retirement

Unread post by Snitch » Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:30 pm

So so sad
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Re: British Airways 747 Immediate Retirement

Unread post by Millibar » Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:47 am

I remember playing a cricket match against Edgemead High circa '95 and I was batting when a BA 747-400, then still standard in the Landor Livery, came in for landing on 19. I made the bowler wait, looked up, drooled and was amazed. A memory close to my heart.

I always knew its days were numbered an made a point of stopping to look at one when I could or to have eyes on it when FR24 showed one was about to come in or take off. The sound of those RB211's taking off on 01 was unmistakable. To Rolls-Royce that was the sound of bankruptcy at some stage!

Does anyone know when the last BA 747 actually came and left FACT?

The last one I photographed was on Saturday 23 May at 11h50 departing from 01.

The Queen will be missed.

P.S. Sorry bus drivers, couldn't resist - she kicked A380-ass six luv.
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Re: British Airways 747 Immediate Retirement

Unread post by Tipper » Fri Jul 31, 2020 9:41 pm

Millibar,

Your question about the last BA 747 flight?

AirlineGeeks wrote the following on June 21:

The final nail in the coffin came on July 16 when the airline announced to employees that the Queen of the Skies would leave the airline for good, bringing to an end the 50-year partnership between aircraft and airline. British Airways’ decision to immediately retire the 747 means that the final flight took place on June 4, between Cape Town, South Africa and London’s Heathrow Airport.

Although the final passenger flight may have been flown, many hope that, once some form of normality returns to the aviation industry, there will be the opportunity to still fly on a British Airways 747 with special flights similar to Qantas’ farewell tour. At the moment, the remaining jets are scattered across a number of U.K. airports, including Heathrow, Bournemouth, Cardiff and Kemble.

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