British Airways, the airline with the largest Boeing 747 fleet in the world, immediately stops flying the jumbo jets. The decision has everything to do with the COVID-19 outbreak, causing the number of passengers to enter a free fall.
“It is unlikely that our beautiful Queen of the Skies will ever be used commercially by British Airways,” the British national airline said on Friday. The British fleet has 31 jumbo jets.
KLM decided at the beginning of the corona crisis to send the 747 with early retirement. Later, the aircraft was removed from the hangar again, to be used for cargo flights. British Airways says it will operate more flights with the new and much more economical A350 and B787.
The iconic Boeing 747 has four engines and is a lot noisier and less economical than newer aircraft. The jumbo jet dates from 1969. The aircraft disappears from the airspace as a result of the corona crisis, just like the largest aircraft of competitor Airbus, the also four-engine A380.
British Airways received the first Boeing 747 in July 1989, and the last ten years later, in April 1999. At its peak, the airline had 57 units. The devices were already phased out, the last one would go out in 2024.