British Airways details 747 retirement plans & likely liveries

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The worlds largest operator of the iconic 747-400, British Airways, has laid out plans for further retirements.

With 34 currently operational (it peaked for nearly a decade at 57), BA has outlined plans for 13 more aircraft to retire. My thanks to our source at British Airways for the information.

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The schedule details the fate of the aircraft not included in the cabin refit programme covering 18 aircraft completed in late 2017.

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I’m told that two more that have been refitted – G-CIVA and G-BNLY will also be withdrawn towards the end of the 2021/22 period. The remainder are likely to be withdrawn from 2023 -25.

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G-CIVB will get a special 100 years livery until retirement in November 2019

Three of the 18 refits starting with G-BYGC will get retro liveries, beginning with BOAC, one is likely to have the original BA scheme.  The third G-CIVB will only have a temporary livery and is expected to be the celebratory of BA’s 100 years before she’s disposed of in November.

The fourth I’m told, its likely to be a BEA liveried A319.

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An A319 in this livery?

British Airways also plans to add a number of new aircraft wide bodies this year, with 2 new 777-300ER’s in 2019 and one 2020. The first of four A350-1000’s due in 2019 will be delivered in July. Six 787-10’s are due in 2020, with another six by the end of 2023.

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