History was made Thursday 8th October, as British Airways bid farewell to the Queen of the Skies, the Boeing 747. For the past 50 years, the carrier’s fleet of jumbo jets has been a regular sight at London’s Heathrow Airport, flying passengers worldwide. While already due to be retired by 2024, the pandemic proved to be the final nail in the coffin for the type.
Double Heathrow departure canceled
The airline had planned an extraordinary event to mark the farewell. This would’ve seen the two Boeing 747s departing side by side from the airport’s parallel runways. However, it seemed as though the weather wouldn’t play ball this morning. As a result, the planned double departure was sadly canceled.
Both aircraft departed from Runway 27R, with G-CIVB leading the way, followed by G-CIVY. The aircraft departed with the flight numbers BA747 and BA400, reflecting the aircraft type: Boeing 747-400.