British Airways details 747 retirement plans & likely liveries


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.


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I’m told that two more that have been refitted – G-CIVA and G-BNLY will also be withdrawn towards the end of the 2021/22 period. The remainder are likely to be withdrawn from 2023 -25.

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.

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.