News has just emerged that one of British Airways’ Boeing 747-400s will be preserved, having been granted a last minute reprieve.
With most of the airline’s fleet of Jumbos having been disposed of to storage and scrapping airports, only two remain at London Heathrow and are due to fly out to Kemble on Thursday 8th October.
One of these is G-CIVB, in the Negus retro livery which was introduced to mark British Airways’ 100th anniversary.
Enthusiasts have been desperate to see British Airways honour its 747 fleet in some way, either by performing fly-pasts or enthusiasts flights, or by preserving one of them.
Now, it seems G-CIVB is to be preserved once it arrives at Kemble, to become a museum piece for future generations to enjoy.
This is amazing news and a wonderful way to keep the 747 alive despite having lost so many this year as a result of aviation being hit so hard.
Once we know further details of its preservation, we’ll post more about G-CIVB at Kemble.
** Update: Kemble Cotswold Airport in a recent update on their Facebook page call the news only a ‘fanciful’ rumour. So watch this space!