Air, Freight News

BA’s Boeing 747s bow out

[ July 17, 2020   //   ]

It is unlikely that British Airways’ Boeing 747 fleet will ever fly commercially again, the BBC reports. ( The carrier – owned by the IAG Group – has confirmed that it will retire its 31-strong fleet immediately, instead of in 2024 as originally planned. BA will in future operate only twin-engined types such as the Boeing 777, Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner. While the latter offer much lower operating costs per seat mile, many in the cargo community will however regret the loss of the 747 with its capacious bellyhold.

Virgin Atlantic has also announced plans to retire its seven 747s.