The iconic Boeing 747 jumbo jet is to be scrapped from the entire British Airways fleet with immediate effect due to the coronavirus downturn.
Any potential impact on jobs will be under consultation with the Balpa union.
British Airways said, “It is with great sadness that we can confirm we are proposing to retire our entire 747 fleet with immediate effect.
“It is unlikely our magnificent ‘queen of the skies’ will ever operate commercial services for British Airways again due to the downturn in travel caused by the Covid 19 global pandemic.
“While the aircraft will always have a special place in our heart, as we head into the future we will be operating more flights on modern, fuel-efficient aircraft such as our new A350s and 787s, to help us achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.”
Peter Knapp, Chairman & Global Creative Officer of global branding and design agency, Landor said, “This is goodbye to one of the most characterful aircraft in the skies. Mature? Yes! But like a fine wine or experienced actor it had more personality than most.
“In an industry striving for more efficiency and functionality and where personality seems to be draining out of all the wonderful joy of travelling this plane defied the utility of the day. The upper cabin always felt like a private lounge and seeing a staircase, and all that it suggested, as you boarded was something that the bland A380 never managed to recreate in its predictable monolithic spaces.
“BA’s fleet used to be an expression of the magic of flight, Concorde was the machine of a dream. Now, in a Covid word the emphasis must be on hygiene and a new age of safety but it will never be the same.”