British Airways has withdrawn all its Boeing 747 jets



"It is very sad to confirm that we are proposing to launch all our 747 aircraft immediately," the airline said in an email statement to CNBC.


Airbus said it would operate more aircraft on "modern, fuel-efficient aircraft", including the A350 and Boeing 787.

The news came six months ago after Kent Airways announced in June that it was initially taking off six of its Boeing 747s.


British Airways, currently the largest operator of the Boeing 747, has announced that it will cancel all of its iconic flights earlier than expected due to the coronavirus slowdown.

Owned by the International Consolidated Airlines Group, the airline originally planned to eliminate "Jumbo Jet" by 2024. However, the company has now taken action due to travel restrictions due to Kovid-19.

"It is very sad to confirm that we are proposing to launch all our 747 aircraft immediately," the airline said in an email statement to CNBC.

"Our popular 'Queen of Skies' Kovid-19 is unlikely to resume commercial services for British Airways due to a slowdown in travel due to the global pandemic."

Airbus said it would operate more aircraft on "modern, fuel-efficient aircraft", including the A350 and Boeing 787.

BA began flying the jet back in the early 1970s and delivered the current fleet of 747-400 aircraft between 1989 and 1999. At its height, the airline holds 57 out of 747, surpassing only Japan Airlines and the aircraft is now on par. Represents 10% of its total aircraft. It currently has 31 of the four-engine crafts averaging 23 years old.

The news came in June after Kent Airways announced that it was taking off six of its Boeing 747s six months ago.

The heavy jet is 231 feet long and has 213 feet of wings - enough to hold 50 parked cars. They were originally designed to accommodate 27 first-class and 292 economy-class passengers, and the upper deck has a lounge called the "Club in the Sky", but now has three different seating layouts.

The BA recently warned that 12,000 jobs are at risk as a result of infection and air travel. IAG stock is down 65% so far this year.

The International Air Transport Association last month estimated that airlines would lose $ 84 billion this year and another $ 15 billion in 2021. In April, according to the IATA, air travel fell by more than 90% over the previous year, the worst year in industry history.

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