Jul 17, 2020
British Airways fast-tracks retirement of iconic Boeing 747 jumbo jet
British Airways has accelerated the retirement of its fleet of Boeing 747s, the iconic jumbo jet, following the downturn in air travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic. "It is with great sadness that we can confirm we are proposing to retire our entire 747 fleet with immediate effect," said BA. The company noted that the aircraft was an "Airliner of another era", as they burn far more fuel than the latest generation of planes. The British airline is looking at ways to cut costs as it grapples with an industry that has been decimated by the coronavirus crisis. BA has operated the 747 since 1971, and its newest one was delivered to the airline in April 1999. US-based Delta Air Lines and United Airlines did so a couple of years ago, while Virgin Atlantic announced the end of the aircraft in May. Lufthansa has also accelerated the retirement of five of the aircraft.
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