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Old 07-16-2020, 05:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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BA just broke the news of the 747-400 retirement to the employees. I'm sad to see these birds go as much as the KLM as I grew up on both of these airline's Queens. Lets see what happens with those special Painted 747-400, and how BA will dispose of their massive 747 fleet.

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Old 07-16-2020, 05:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well it's not 100% confirmed, there is going to be a consultation period before the final decision, but yes I expect they will retire the 747 fleet.
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Old 07-17-2020, 03:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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This news has been shared on BBC, and on other news platforms as well, I'm sure.

I wish there was a way for BA to hold onto just a few of their 747s but I know that's simply impractical.

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Well it's not 100% confirmed, there is going to be a consultation period before the final decision, but yes I expect they will retire the 747 fleet.
The consultation period will be in terms of a severance package for it's crews.
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With deliveries of A350-1000 and large fleet of 773's add in some A380s and it is no surprise at the loss of the 747. They are old and must be heavy maintenence and costly to run.
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Really glad I was able to catch all the retro's in KLAS. My absolute favorite was Negus.
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Not a surprise but still sad to see them go.
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This is big news indeed but it's understandable after air travel has dropped significantly because of this COVID-19 and according to the BBC the whole BA 747-400 fleet has immediately been retired as what i understand
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Bummer news. Did they say the fate of their A380s?
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No final passenger flight send off or anything. Just immediately retire it.
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Nothing lasts forever. BA has wrung every last penny out of these machines. I’m sad to see them go none the less. So I guess it’s skies full of generic ‘long skinny twin jets’ from now on, not that I dislike them all.

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For my last holiday to London, I specifically chose flights serviced by the 747. I'm so glad I did. The outbound portion was in the upper deck, which I hadn't flown in since February 1989. What a treat.
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What a run...49 years. Sad to see these go. It was so thrilling to see them come into KSAN
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The end of an era. Very sad to see them go but had to be expected. They had a very good run, we were very lucky to get three of them in the retro liveries for what has turned out to be their final year. I hope that the most was made of it by enthusiasts capturing those on camera! So many job losses will now follow, things really are looking bleak for the aviation industry at the moment. Bye bye BA 747, we’ll miss you 😢✈️👍
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So will Lufthansa be the last airline to still fly the 747-400 for some time, including the 747-8?
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The end of an era. Very sad to see them go but had to be expected. They had a very good run, we were very lucky to get three of them in the retro liveries for what has turned out to be their final year. I hope that the most was made of it by enthusiasts capturing those on camera! So many job losses will now follow, things really are looking bleak for the aviation industry at the moment. Bye bye BA 747, we’ll miss you 😢✈️👍

Was looking at costs and comparably where a typical large twin eg. 777 will cost £7000 for a particular trip, a 747 will cost £24,000 and an a380 slightly more at about £27000. So per seat mile that makes a 747 uneconomical compared to other options. Note an A380 carries more pax for a similar cost, and I wonder if we could see BA purchasing some used examples to bolster the long haul fleet. Remember Heathrow has very limited slots so using 2x twins over 1x 4 engined will result in less availability of valuable slots.
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So will Lufthansa be the last airline to still fly the 747-400 for some time, including the 747-8?

If I were in Vegas, I'd bet against the -400 staying anywhere in passenger service and honestly I'm kind of surprised the -8's haven't made news.
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If I were in Vegas, I'd bet against the -400 staying anywhere in passenger service and honestly I'm kind of surprised the -8's haven't made news.
On the handful of flights to and from LAX, DLH is using A350s and the Big 747.

Before all this it was an A380, A340-642 and 747-830 every day.
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I geniunely hope those 3 Retro 747-400 get preserved, or just the Landor at the very least. The 747-400 was a massive part in BA's fleet just like the concorde and all those ended up getting preserved. Hopefully someone or some people take up in taking care of these giant 747 like folks in AUS Have for Qantas.

Is there any news on some of BA's airbus fleet getting retired too? will BEA be the only retro left flying?
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