British Airways dismantles entire Boeing 747 fleet
The British airline British Airways announces the withdrawal of its entire fleet of Boeing 747 "Jumbo Jets,"due to the hard blow to international air transport caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Due to the collapse of traffic, the company is withdrawing 31 Boeing 747s with immediate effect.
British Airways announced the definitive divestment of its 31 jumbo jets. They were meant to go out of service gradually as from 2024 but, given the austerity needed to deal with the damage to the airline industry, the British flag carrier has accelerated the dismissal program.
"It is with great sadness that we confirm the withdrawal of our entire 747 fleet with immediate effect," the airline stressed in a statement. "It is unlikely," he continued, "that our magnificent 'queen of the skies' will be used again by British Airways, given the recession caused by the covid-19 pandemic.
Launched in 1970 by the American Boeing airplane manufacturer, the 'Jumbo Jet' revolutionised air transport and, over the decades, became a mythical aircraft capable of carrying up to 400 passengers.
Air France, Delta and United have already withdrawn the use of 747s, considered too obsolete for passenger transport, and inefficient in terms of energy consumption.
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