Latest British Airways 747 heading for retirement takes 4-mile final flight

Nov 26, 2019

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Monday saw the latest of British Airways’ 747s to head to its final resting place in St. Athan, Wales. G-CIVG’s flight was operated as BA9172 from Cardiff Airport (CWL) to St. Athan (DGX) where aircraft are sent to be decommissioned.

The 24-year-old aircraft took the scenic route for the 4-mile journey and instead did a small lap of honour into the Bristol Channel and landed a mere 9 minutes after takeoff. Quick, but not quite the shortest flight in the world.

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Map of G-CIVG’s last flight. (Image courtesy of Flightradar24)


Map of as-the-crow-flies route from CWL to DGX. (Image courtesy of Great Circle Mapper)

There are currently 32 British Airways 747s still in service including three jumbos in BOAC, Landor and Negus retro liveries. 18 of those have been completely retrofitted with fresh seat covers and improved inflight entertainment. The airline plans to have completed the retirement of the Queen of the Skies by 2024.

(Image courtesy of British Airways)

Phasing out an aircraft is a huge task and means there will need to be replacements. The airline’s brand new A350 aircraft have already started flying to Dubai (DXB) and Toronto (YYZ) as the first wave of replacements begin operating.

Additionally there is an order in place for 18 of Boeing’s 777-9 aircraft which are planned to be brought into service from 2022. In recent days, it was announced that the first of BA’s brand new 787-10 aircraft will come into service as soon as February 2020 serving Atlanta (ATL).

British Airways joins several other airlines that are slowly phasing out their old, less efficient 747s including KLM , El Al and Qantas.

You can keep track of British Airways 747 movements by using the BA source website.

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