Here’s a great (and disturbing) video of the British Airways aircraft stored at Bournemouth Airport

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If you’ve got three minutes to spare, take a look at this YouTube video. It was filmed by David DuValle.

It was shot (with permission) at Bournemouth Airport using a drone.  It gives you an amazing view of all of the British Airways aircraft parked up, including a few Boeing 747s.

You even see the ‘Landor’ retro livery Boeing 747.  We covered the ‘Landor’ 747 repaint here.

The video includes a few dull shots shots of shuttered interior of Bournemouth Airport, but if you stick with it, it quickly cuts back to the parked British Airways fleet.

It is a fascinating and slightly disturbing watch.

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  1. Thanks for sharing. Very eerie

    • The Original David says:

      Well, the eeriness is very much down to the music. Mute the video, stick on Elgar’s Nimrod and it’s all much more inspirational!

  2. Maybe a noob (but still a wee geek) question though — anyone know why the engine covers are seen/used for smaller aircraft while the bigger ones (i.e. the queen) use a protective-strap instead?

    • The Original Nick says:

      I spotted that

    • the short haul aircraft arrived first – so maybe the staff just haven’t got around to fitting the B747 engine covers yet. or maybe there’s a worldwide shortage of engine covers !

      you can see photos of B747s with covers if you google: Two British Airways Boeing 747 passenger jets with engine covers parked at Cardiff Airport UK March 2009

  3. Mikeact says:

    Hopefully, won’t become a UK graveyard.

  4. Dave Barron says:

    Very surreal. Bet it was a challenge just to park them all up! Let’s hope it’s all short lived and they’re back in the air soon.

  5. CapeCam says:

    look Closely and you can see the Virgin 340’s in the background. They ae very unlikely to fly with the Virgin tailplane again

  6. Mikeact says:

    Just thinking…are some of these planes likely to be scrapped or abandoned……rust…uneconomic ? Storing in Bournemouth is not quite like the drier air of the South West US.

    • Some 747 retirements were accelerated and they have already gone off to the scrap yard. I can only assume, at present, they intend to keep the Bournmouth ones. Given that planes will be lighty loaded for a while when services restart, however, it is hard to see much of a future for them or the A380s. Only the low oil price justifies keeping them.

  7. British airways have a lot more aircraft that that. Where are the rest of them parked up?

  8. Charlie Cavaye says:

    There is no doubt in my mind that the worldwide spread of this virus is down to air travel, so it is fitting that it is airlines who are suffering as a result. The first “victims” outside China appear to be folk who were lucky enough to travel internationally. “Hell mend them” as my mother would have said.

  9. Quite a reminder how the climate emergency can be slowed down immensely and where the problems really are. Majority of these journeys are really not necessary and there is very little incentive for BA to replace the gas guzzling 747 and older aircraft types with newer fuel efficient models with Crude at such rock bottom prices.

    The technological solution to the climate emergency will never be really a serious option while oil is so cheap. Governments desperately need to step-in and reduce the impact of air travel with punitive measures. Flying is a privilege, not a right.

    I really think that down the line we will look at incentives to fly in the same way as how diesel was supposed to be so great but really wasn’t and was killing us.

    • Maybe but nobody is doing anything about diesel vehicles yet

      • Theorist says:

        Probably because it’s such a tiny percentage of emissions, and governments have other things on their mind?
        And nobody is actually DOING anything about grounding aircraft, it’s a consequence of screwing the Western World over a flu virus. A global reset by Government.

  10. Mark M says:

    I bet the owners of Bournemouth Airport are earning a few £££’s in parking fees!

    • This was my question no.1 too! There is always someone who benefits from the crisis…

      My question no.2 is whether this time is going to be used to refurbish planes while they are not flying – it could be a perfect chance to do that, unless deemed non-essential for now

  11. Daniel Carter says:


    But being so close and ‘accesible’ (and almost perfectly positioned) to the public highway the ‘Landor’ 747 is surely going to prompt interest from aviation enthusiasts?

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