British Airways to Fully Retire 747 Fleet by 2024

By Anna Breuer on 5 November 2017
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BA JDL 49-1British Airways announced it would begin to retire its Boeing 747 fleet, reducing its size by half by 2021 and operating its last 747 flight in 2024.

With 36 in service, the British flagship carrier is currently the world’s largest operator of the 747-400. Depending on the cabin configuration, the airline’s 747s can accommodate between 275 and 347 passengers.

The 747-400 was introduced into its fleet in the 1990s. The carrier had inherited several 747-100 Jumbo Jets from British Overseas Airways Corporation when British Airways was formed in 1974. BOAC had ordered 11 747-100s and received its first in April 1970, although it did not put it into service until one year later due to union issues.

The airline said it is retiring the fleet because newer planes, such as the Boeing 777, 787, and Airbus A350, are at least 30% more efficient than the 747.

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