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The British Airways Landor livery on a 747 (Photo: Karam Sodhi)

Birds of a Feather: The Aircraft Lost to COVID-19 in 2020 Part 1

To not mince words about the commercial aviation industry when talking about the last year, but 2020 sucked. The global force for moving passengers was grounded with the rapid spread of COVID-19 as borders closed, demand fell and airlines looked to make the most of the disaster at hand. Months later with Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna’s vaccines beginning to move in heavy shipments to show the light at the end of the tunnel, some new or legendary aircraft will not be…

Qantas Celebrates 100th Birthday Amidst Historic Aviation Crisis

On Nov. 16, 1920, Queensland and Northern Territories Aerial Service — then and now affectionately known as QANTAS, but stylized "Qantas" — was founded by two veterans of the Australian Flying Corporation, Hudson Fysh and Paul McGinness, together with local grazier Fergus McMaster. With Australia being one of the largest…

British Airways’ Retired 747 to be Converted into a Cinema,…

On Oct. 8th, British Airways’ last 747 touched down at Cotswold Airport in Kemble, England after 26 years in the sky. While it may be the end of its days as a commercial jet, this 747 isn’t done serving the public. By spring 2021, the aircraft will be permanently parked…

British Airways and the Boeing 747 — A Look Back…

The warning signs were there in March when the coronavirus stopped the aviation industry dead in its tracks. The knock-on effects from the global downturn of passenger traffic were already being calculated by airlines across the world, with decisions being made for what life would look like for airlines post-COVID.…

British Airways Announces Immediate Retirement of 747 Fleet

British Airway has announced that it will immediately retire its Boeing 747 fleet following the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The airline was forced to store all of its 28 747-400s due to reduced demand in the midst of the respiratory disease pandemic. In a letter sent out to all…

Qantas Will Pay Tribute to Its 747s with Farewell Flights

Qantas employees were notified that the company will operate three farewell flights with one of its 747s in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra in mid-July with tickets available to the public, giving passengers a chance to take one last trip on the jumbo jet. The aircraft will fly over Sydney on…

Reports: Boeing Set to End 747 Production

"Boeing has not told employees, but the company is pulling the plug on its 747 jumbo jet, ending a half-century run. The last 747-800 will roll out of a Seattle area factory in about two years," reported Bloomberg on Thursday citing people familiar with the matter. The last 747-8 will…

Qantas Prematurely Stores Last 747-400s

Qantas has prematurely retired its final Boeing 747s in response to dwindling demand amid the coronavirus pandemic. AirlineGeeks first reported the airline's final 747 flights in March 2020. The first of its last two superjumbos left Sydney on Tuesday around 9:30 a.m. It flew first to Los Angeles. From there,…

One Unique 747 Retires While Another Flies Again

In an aviation world, where the number of large-capacity aircraft are becoming fewer and fewer, it is always a somber day to see even more retired. Unfortunately, another operator of the 747 has retired its final so-called Queen of the Skies. After nearly 30 years of operating variants of the…

Emirates President Says Airline Will Revive its Airbus A380 Fleet

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the fate of the A380, the world’s largest passenger plane ever built, was sealed. Most of the operators of the double-decker giant had already planned the gradual demise of the superjumbo. In February 2019, Airbus also announced it would permanently cease the production of A380…