British Airways – Last Day of the 747

Tomorrow (Thursday 8 October 2020) is the last time that BA’s 747s will take-off from Heathrow Airport in London. Aircraft G-CIVB and G-CIVY will depart the airport and mark the end of this glorious fleet of aircraft, which I was delighted to be able to fly in numerous times over the last decade.

I like BA’s attention to detail here, they’ve published the statistics of the two aircraft.

British Airways 747 G-CIVB

Date it entered service : February 15, 1994

Retirement date : September 08, 2020

Last passenger flight was April 6, 2020 from Miami to Heathrow

Current livery: Negus

Previous livery: Landor and was named ‘City of Litchfield’

Operated 13,398 flights, flown for 118,445 hours and flown 59 million miles

British Airways 747 G-CIVY

Date it entered service : September 29, 1998

Retirement date : September 08, 2020

March 20, 2020 last passenger flight from Chicago to Heathrow

April 5, 2020 last freighter flight from Dallas to Heathrow

Current livery : Chatham Dockyard

Operated 11,034 flights, flown for 90,161 hours and flown 45 million miles


The luxury cabin as was, although it reminds me somewhat of a funeral arrangement, but there we go.

And the delights of economy back in the day, although they would have allowed smoking then which would have annoyed me greatly. BA are going to live stream the departure of the aircraft and I like how they’re making an effort at a time where there are many other things that are competing for attention.