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British Airways To Confirm Retirement Dates Of 23 Remaining Boeing-747s

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In July, British Airways announced that the retirement of its fleet of remaining 31 Boeing 747 aircraft as a result of the devastating impact from the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the airline and the aviation sector. 

Known as ‘The Queen of the Skies’, all 31 of its remaining 747s had sadly flown their last commercial services, and since then, eight 747s have been retired. 

British Airways Boeing 747 Fleet
British Airways Boeing 747 Fleet

BOAC operated its first 747 London to New York service on 14th April 1971 and in July 1989 the first British Airways 747-400, the aircraft type the airline still flies today, took to the skies.

Vintage Livery BOAC 747
Vintage Livery BOAC 747

At one point British Airways operated 57 747-400 aircraft. The original aircraft featured 27 First Class seats and 292 Economy seats. Initially, the upper deck, widely described as the bubble, contained a lounge, with lounge chair seating. It was known as the ‘club in the sky’ and the aircraft also played host to the world’s very first flat bed seat which British Airways pioneered in 1999.



The log for the first eight 747s have been updated below.

27 September – G-CIVV

Date it entered service / BA delivery18 June 1998
Retirement date28 September 2020
Popular / recent routesLast commercial flight was from Chicago on 22 March 2020. Popular routes include New York, Dallas, Dubai and Boston
Liveries worn‘Rendezvous’ World Images liveryCurrent: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard
Seating configurationFirst: 14Club: 86World Traveller Plus: 30World Traveller: 145
Facts and stats (approximate)Top speed: 565mphTake off speed: 180mphLength: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4mWeight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 engines

24 September G-CIVK

Date it entered service / BA delivery28 February 1997
Retirement date24 September 2020
Popular / recent routesLast commercial flight was from Cape Town on 18 March 2020. Popular routes include Cape Town, Miami and Accra
Liveries wornLandorCurrent: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard with oneworld logo
Seating configurationFirst: 14Club: 52World Traveller Plus: 36World Traveller: 243
Facts and stats (approximate)Top speed: 565mphTake off speed: 180mphLength: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4mWeight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 enginesFlown 106,439 hours, 11,947 flights and around 50 million miles

24 September G-BYGE

Date it entered service / BA delivery5 February 1999
Retirement date22 September 2020
Popular / recent routesLast commercial flight was from Boston on 23 March 2020. Popular routes include New York, Boston and Philadelphia
Liveries worn‘Rendezvous’ World Images liveryCurrent: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard
Seating configurationFirst: 14Club: 86World Traveller Plus: 30World Traveller: 145
Facts and stats (approximate)Top speed: 565mphTake off speed: 180mphLength: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4mWeight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 enginesFlown 86,611 hours, 10,845 flights and around 40 million miles

21 September – G-CIVP

Date it entered service / BA delivery17 February 1998
Retirement date21 September 2020
Popular / recent routesLast commercial flight was from Miami on 25 March 2020. Popular routes include Cape Town, san Diego and Miami
Liveries worn‘Colum’ World Images liveryCurrent: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard with oneworld logo
Seating configurationFirst: 14Club: 52World Traveller Plus: 36World Traveller: 243
Facts and stats (approximate)Top speed: 565mphTake off speed: 180mphLength: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4mWeight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 engines

16 September – G-CIVE

Date it entered service / BA delivery20 December 1994
Retirement date16 September 2020
Popular / recent routesLast commercial flight was from Vancouver on 25 March 2020. Popular routes include Miami, Cape Town, Accra, Las Vegas and Denver
Liveries wornBritish Asia Airways, Landor – ‘City of Sunderland’Current: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard
Seating configurationFirst: 14Club: 52World Traveller Plus: 36World Traveller: 243
Facts and stats (approximate)Top speed: 565mphTake off speed: 180mphLength: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4mWeight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 enginesFlown 117,086 hours, 13,356 flights and around 55 million miles

10 September – G-CIVO

Date it entered service / BA delivery5 December 1997
Retirement date10 September 2020
Popular / recent routesLast commercial flight was from Cape Town on 26 March 2020. Popular routes include Vancouver, Las Vegas and Cape Town
Liveries worn‘Benyhone Tartan’ World Images liveryCurrent: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard
Seating configurationFirst: 14Club: 52World Traveller Plus: 36World Traveller: 243
Facts and stats (approximate)Top speed: 565mphTake off speed: 180mphLength: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4mWeight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 engines

9 Septemeber – G-CIVI

Date it entered service / BA delivery2 May 1996
Retirement date9 September 2020
Popular / recent routesLast commercial flight was from New York on 29 March 2020. Popular routes include New York, Boston and San Francisco
Liveries wornLandor – ‘City of Gloucester’Current: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard with oneworld logo
Seating configurationFirst: 14Club: 86World Traveller Plus: 30World Traveller: 145
Facts and stats (approximate)Top speed: 565mphTake off speed: 180mphLength: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4mWeight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 enginesFlown 100,414 hours, 14,040 flights and around 50 million miles

8 September – G-BYGA

Date it entered service / BA delivery14 December 1998
Retirement date8 September 2020
Popular / recent routesLast commercial flight was from New York on 21 March 2020. Popular routes include Chicago, Dubai, Los Angeles and New York.
Liveries worn‘Chelsea Rose’ World Images liveryCurrent: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard
Seating configurationFirst: 14Club: 86World Traveller Plus: 30World Traveller: 145
Facts and stats (approximate)Top speed: 565mphTake off speed: 180mphLength: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4mWeight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 enginesFlown 89,593 hours, 10,981 flights and around 40 million miles

2 September – G-BYGB

Date it entered service / BA delivery9 January 1999
Retirement date2 September 2020
Popular / recent routesLast commercial flight was from New York on 21 March 2020. Popular routes include San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York.
Liveries worn‘Colum’ World Images liveryCurrent: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard
Seating configurationFirst: 14Club: 86World Traveller Plus: 30World Traveller: 145
Facts and stats (approximate)Top speed: 565mphTake off speed: 180mphLength: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4mWeight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 enginesFlown 90,821 hours, 11,425 flights and around 50 million miles

31 August 2020 – G-CIVH

Date it entered service / BA delivery23 April 1996
Retirement date31 August 2020
Popular / recent routesLast commercial flight was from Dallas on 18 March 2020. Popular routes include Chicago, New York and Washington.
Liveries wornLandor – ‘City of Hereford’Current: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard
Seating configurationFirst: 14Club: 86World Traveller Plus: 30World Traveller: 145
Facts and stats (approximate)Top speed: 565mphTake off speed: 180mphLength: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4mWeight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 enginesFlown 101,976 hours, 13,884 flights and around 50 million miles

26 August 2020 – G-BYGF

Date it entered service / BA delivery17 February 1999
Retirement date26 August 2020
Popular / recent routesLast flight was a repatriation flight from Larnaca, 9 April 2020. Popular routes include Boston, New York and Los Angeles.
Liveries wornUnion Flag / Chatham Dockyard
Seating configurationFirst: 14Club: 86World Traveller Plus: 30World Traveller: 145
Facts and stats (approximate)Top speed: 565mphTake off speed: 180mphLength: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4mWeight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 enginesFlown 90,897.4 hours, 11,075 flights and over 45 million miles

18 August 2020 – G-CIVD

Date it entered service14 December 1994
Retirement date19 August 2020 to Castellon, Valencia
Popular / recent routesLast flight was to Lagos, part of the repatriation effort, on 18 April 2020
Liveries wornLandor – ‘City of Coventry’Current: Union Flag / Chatham Dockyard with oneworld logo
Seating configurationFirst: 14Club: 52World Traveller Plus: 36World Traveller: 243
Facts and stats (approximate)Top speed: 565mphTake off speed: 180mphLength: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4mWeight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes4 x Rolls-Royce RB211-524 enginesFlown 115,276.8 hours, 13,364 flights and over 50 million miles

The log will be updated as each retirement date is confirmed.


A British Airways special liveried Boeing 747 takes to the skies alongside the Red Arrows during the 2019 Royal International Air Tattoo on July 20, 2019 at RAF Fairford, England. The Boeing 747 has been painted in the airline’s predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) livery to mark British Airways’ centenary this year.
(Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for British Airways)

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Lufthansa Group To Implement Permanent Capacity Reduction Of 150 Aircraft By 2025

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Lufthansa A380

The Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG approved the third package within the Group-wide “ReNew” restructuring program earlier today.Due to significantly lower than expected air traffic recovery, Lufthansa’s Executive Board has today adopted several measures to cut costs and preserve cashflow, including reductions in fleet size and personnel.


The outlook for international air traffic has significantly worsened in recent weeks. With the summer travel season coming to an end, passenger and booking figures are declining again, after slight signs of recovery were still evident in July and August. In view of these developments, Lufthansa has finalised decisions on the third package within their restructuring program earlier today. 


Lufthansa Fleet Parked
Lufthansa Fleet Parked

In detail, the Executive Board adopted the following resolutions:

  • The capacity outlook for the passenger airlines will be significantly revised; the previous assumption that an average production level of 50 percent of the previous year’s value would be reached in the fourth quarter of the year no longer seems realistic. If the current trend continues, the available seat kilometres will probably only be in a range between 20 and 30 percent, compared to the previous year.
  • The medium term fleet planning will be adjusted and currently foresees  a permanent, Group-wide capacity reduction of 150 aircraft by the middle of this decade (starting point is the Group fleet including wet-leased aircraft).
  • In addition to the fleet changes already communicated, the following decisions have been made: After six Airbus A380s were finally taken out of service in the spring, the remaining eight A380s and ten A340-600s, which were previously intended for flight service, will be transferred to long-term storage and removed from planning. These aircraft will only be reactivated in the event of an unexpectedly rapid market recovery. In addition, the remaining seven Airbus A340-600s will be permanently decommissioned.
  • The fleet decisions mentioned above will result in a further impairment of up to EUR 1.1 billion. The amount is expected to be accounted for in the third quarter of the current year.
  • The previously announced personnel surplus amounting to 22,000 full-time positions will increase as a result of the decisions taken in regards to the third package within the restructuring program. The change in permanent staffing levels within flight operations will be further adjusted in regards to market development. The compensation and reduction of personnel surplus will be discussed with the responsible employee representatives.
  • Irrespective of the negotiations on reconciliations of interests and social plans for redundancies within the Lufthansa Group, the Executive Board’s objective remains agreeing on crisis packages with the collective bargaining partners that limit the number of necessary redundancies.
  • Despite the worsened outlook, the revised financial planning intends to further reduce cash outflows through strict cost management. The outflow of liquidity is to be reduced from currently around EUR 500 million per month to an average of EUR 400 million per month in winter 2020/21. The previously communicated Group target of returning to positive operating cash flows during 2021 is being reinforced.
  • A streamlined management structure with a 20 percent reduction of management positions is to be implemented in the first quarter of 2021. To simplify and clearly define responsibilities, the functional process organization (matrix) will be focused on core functions of Lufthansa Group Airlines. For all other areas, a new management model with clearly assigned responsibilities (decentralized or centralized, depending on the process) will be introduced.
  • The administrative office space will be reviewed worldwide and reduced by 30 percent in Germany.

Lufthansa Group Press Release


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Lufthansa A380

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