“So we wouldn’t have wanted to say goodbye to the 747. We make this decision with pain in our hearts,” British Airways chief executive Alex Cruz said. Due to the Corona crisis, the demand for tickets has decreased, so that the large aircraft are no longer needed.
British Airways predecessor BOAC flew the Boeing 747 for the first time between London and New York on 14 April 1971. In 1989, the first Boeing 747-400 entered service with British Airways. In total, more than 56 units flew for the British airline.
Originally, British Airways was not expected to say goodbye to the last by 2024. The role of the Boeing 747 is assumed by fuel-saving types such as the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350.
Last year, as British Airways celebrated its unofficial 100th anniversary, four Boeing 747-400s were still in historic colours.