You can’t escape to have noticed the fact that British Airways (along with many other airlines) has retired its Boeing 747-400 fleet.
Following the widespread grounding or airline fleets amid the Covid-19 downturn saw the airline’s 747 fleet grounded from March this year. (
It was followed up by the gradual relocation of the fleet initially to storage locations in Bournemouth, Cardiff and London Heathrow, to final scrapping locations like Ciudad Real, Kemble Cotswold, St Athan and Teruel.
One aircraft, G-CIVW, was recently delivered to Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey to be preserved as a film prop (there’s already a Boeing 747-200 and Vickers VC10 there, but both may be scrapped or moved in the near future).
Another, G-CIVB in the Negus retro livery, is also possibly going to be preserved at Kemble.
Keep an eye on our list of where the British Airways Boeing 747s are located.
In late September I took a road trip to visit some of these British storage airports to see the BA 747 fleet in their final moments, including the iconic retro livery aircraft.
Here are some of the pictures I took that day.