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Not Goodbye but Farewell to BA's 747

Not Goodbye but Farewell to BA’s 747

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Not Goodbye but Farewell to BA’s 747 – final flight from Heathrow

British Airways’ last two Heathrow-based Boeing 747 planes have departed from the airport on their final flight.

The jumbo jets left the west London airport shortly after 8.35am BST on Thursday.  More than 18,000 people watched a live stream of the event on Facebook.

British Airways brought forward the retirement of its fleet of 747-400 aircraft due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the aviation sector.

Civil Aviation Authority granted special permission for one of the jets to fly over Heathrow at 600ft in a poignant farewell to the airport before they head onto St Athan in South Wales and Cotswold Airport.

The fleet is being replaced by quieter more fuel efficient aircraft as part of the airline’s commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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