With comparatively fewer people flying due to the coronavirus pandemic, several airlines decided to move up the retirement dates for their older aircraft. Several airlines’ 747s were sacrificed.
Both KLM and Qantas have retired their respective 747-400 fleets in the past several months. But it’s the United Kingdom that’s seen the most 747s go out to pasture, with both Virgin Atlantic and British Airways ending their relationship with The Queen of the Skies. THE Queen, by the way, was not amused with this.
Happily though, two of BA’s 747s are going to be reimagined. From BA’s Twitter:
We are thrilled to confirm two of our much loved 747s have found new homes. G-CIVB will be permanently retired at Cotswold Airport and will be open to the public from Spring 21. Whilst G-CIVW will start a new life at Dunsfold Aerodrome, available for training and filming. pic.twitter.com/3mLdw4prsp
— British Airways (@British_Airways) October 26, 2020
Following its final flight, G-CIVB is already located at its new, permanent home at Cotswold Airport. The jumbo jet will be converted into a movie theater, museum and “unique business, conferencing and private hire (UK for “rental”) venue,” and is scheduled to open in Spring 2021.
Meanwhile, G-CIVW has already made its final flight to Dunsfold Aerodrome, where it will begin its new life, mainly as a film and TV set.
Although no one will be able to fly on BA’s 747s anymore, at least fans will still be able to see them “live and in person,” and even go inside. At least it’s something.
Feature Photo: British Airways
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