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End of the jumbo: British Airways retires entire Boeing 747 fleet early

BA had been planning to retire the aircraft in 2024 but with passenger numbers decimated this year and forecasts that it will be years before they recover

British Airways planes parked at Terminal 5 Heathrow airport in London, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | AP/PTI
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British Airways planes parked at Terminal 5 Heathrow airport in London, Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | AP/PTI

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British Airways, the world's largest operator of Boeing 747s, will retire its entire jumbo jet fleet with immediate effect after the novel coronavirus pandemic sent air travel into freefall.
For over 50-years, Boeing's "Queen of the Skies" has been the world's most easily recognised jetliner with its humped fuselage and four engines, but its days had already been numbered before the pandemic struck earlier this year.
BA had been planning to retire the aircraft in 2024 but with passenger numbers decimated this year and forecasts that it will be years before they recover, the airline said it was unlikely its 747s would

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First Published: Jul 17 2020 | 3:15 PM IST

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