British Airways’ Final Heathrow 747 Aircraft Cleared For Take Off This Week (Photos)

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British Airways has announced that its final two Heathrow based Boeing 747 aircraft are scheduled to depart from the airport for the very last time tomorrow morning (Thursday 8 October). One aircraft is painted in its heritage ‘Negus’ livery and the other in its current Chatham Dockyard livery.

British Airways’ Final Heathrow 747 Aircraft Cleared For Take Off This Week
British Airways’ Final Heathrow 747 Aircraft Cleared For Take Off This Week

Thousands of British Airways flight crew, cabin crew and engineering teams have worked over several decades on and with the aircraft during their time at British Airways during a period when they represented the heart of the airline’s long-haul fleet.

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British Airways’ Final Heathrow 747 Aircraft Cleared For Take Off This Week

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To commemorate G-CIVB and G-CIVY’s final take-off from the airport at 08:30am, the airline has arranged a special send off with a unique and rarely seen synchronised dual take off on parallel runways*, which will be followed by fly past along the southerly runway by one of the aircraft (G-CIVY in current BA livery) as it bids its home a final farewell.

British Airways’ Final Heathrow 747 Aircraft Cleared For Take Off This Week
FAIRFORD, ENGLAND – JULY 20: A British Airways special liveried Boeing 747 takes to the skies alongside the Red Arrows during the 2019 Royal International Air Tattoo on July 20, 2019 at RAF Fairford, England. The Boeing 747 has been painted in the airline’s predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) livery to mark British Airways’ centenary this year. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for British Airways)

British Airways’ Final Heathrow 747 Aircraft Cleared For Take Off This Week

Celebrating the occasion in a virtual way to keep spectators safe, the airline will be live streaming moments from the departure on its Facebook page and is also inviting its colleagues, aviation enthusiasts and customers to share any special memories or photos of British Airways’ 747s on social media channels at 7:47 am and 7.47 pm on their departure day using the hashtag #BA747farewell.

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British Airways’ Final Heathrow 747 Aircraft Cleared For Take Off This Week

British Airways’ Final Heathrow 747 Aircraft Cleared For Take Off This Week

British Airways’ Final Heathrow 747 Aircraft Cleared For Take Off This Week
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic team, the Red Arrows, and a British Airways Boeing 747 delighted the crowds with a flypast at this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. The Boeing 747 has been painted in the airline’s predecessor British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) livery to mark British Airways’ centenary this year. This weekend, the Red Arrows are performing in the UK for the final time this season – before embarking on their biggest-ever tour of North America.
Imagery taken from Red 10’s aircraft piloted by Red 10, Sqn Ldr Adam Collins with Circus 10, Cpl Ashley Keates, Photographer in the rear seat.

Alex Cruz, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO, said “Tomorrow will be a difficult day for everybody at British Airways as the aircraft leaves our home at Heathrow for the very last time. We will pay tribute to them for the incredible part they have played in our 100-year history and to the millions of customers and BA colleagues who have flown on board and taken care of them.

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British Airways’ Final Heathrow 747 Aircraft Cleared For Take Off This Week

British Airways’ Final Heathrow 747 Aircraft Cleared For Take Off This Week
A Boeing 747 long-range wide-body four engined commercial jet airliner for the BOAC – British Overseas Airways Corporation flying above the United Kingdom on 7 April 1971. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images).

“We hope that Britain will join us in sharing their memories with us on social media at 7:47am and 7.47pm on Thursday using #BA747farewell.”

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