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BA will retire all its 31 Boeing 747 following Covid-19 inspired downturn

BA will retire all its 31 Boeing 747 following Covid-19 inspired downturn

British Airways has said it will retire its entire fleet of Boeing 747s as it suffers from the sharp travel downturn.

The UK airline is the world’s largest operator of the 31 jumbo jets which it first flew in 1989.

“It is with great sadness that we can confirm we are proposing to retire our entire 747 fleets with immediate effect,” a BA spokesman told the BBC.

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Airlines across the world have been hit hard by coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

“It is unlikely our magnificent ‘queen of the skies’ will ever operate commercial services for British Airways again due to the downturn in travel caused by the Covid-19 global pandemic,” the spokesman added.