British Airways has brought forward the retirement of FIVE of its Boeing 747-400 fleet to this week.
In a sad move for the dwindling worldwide fleet of active passenger 747s, the coronavirus outbreak has seemingly taken its latest victims.
The aircraft, which were all stored at London Heathrow and not due for retirement until next year at the earliest, are now being flown to Kemble Cotswold Airport and are unlikely to fly again.
Scrapping company ASI are receiving the aircraft, which will be parted out and scrapped over coming months.
The first aircraft, G-CIVL (wearing the OneWorld livery) arrived at the Gloucestershire airport today (14th April). It will be followed by these aircraft over coming days:
- G-CIVJ (Wednesday 15th April)
- G-CIVK (Thursday 16th April)
- G-CIVN (Thursday 16th April)
- G-CIVH (Friday 17th April)
Sadly we don’t recommend you going out to catch their arrivals, and you should stay at home.
If you still need to see these aircraft, I’m sure they’ll still be resident for a while – hopefully after the lockdown restrictions are lifted.
You can keep an eye on which aircraft are resident at Kemble here: https://www.airportspotting.com/storage-lists/kemble-uk/