Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

The final BA Boeing 747s depart Heathrow on Thursday – but one will be preserved

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

Heathrow will see the final take-off of a British Airways Boeing 747 on Thursday with the departure of the last two planes.

The two aircraft involved are the Negus-painted G-CIVB and G-CIVY, which has BA’s ‘normal’ Chatham Dockyard livery.

Pending any weather changes, the aircraft will get a special send off with a synchronised dual take off from Heathrow’s parallel runways at 8:30am on Thursday morning.

This will be followed by fly past along the southerly runway by one of the aircraft (G-CIVY in current BA livery).

This would normally be impossible, of course, with a take-off or landing every 90 seconds, but at the moment….

British Airways will be live streaming the event from 7:40am on its Facebook page, and is encouraging people to use the hashtag #BA747farewell on social media at 7:47am and 7:47pm. You should also be able to watch the event on BBC and Sky.

We will either update this article with any photos we receive or, depending on when the arrive, do a separate article for Friday. The BBC and Sky crews are the only media to be invited.

Both aircraft are due to head to Cotsworld Airport, formerly RAF Kemble, in Gloucestershire for storage.

British Airways 747 G-CIVB

Service entryFebruary 15, 1994
Retirement dateSeptember 08, 2020
Recent routesLast passenger flight was 6th April 2020 from Miami to Heathrow.
LiveryNegus
Fact and stats  G-CIVB flew 118,445 hours across 13,398 flights spanning 59 million miles.

British Airways 747 G-CIVY

Service entrySeptember 29, 1998
Retirement dateSeptember 08, 2020
Recent routesLast passenger flight was 20th March 2020 from Chicago to Heathrow
LiveryChatham Dockyard
Fact and stats  G-CIVY flew 90,161 hours across 11,034 flights spanning 45 million miles

Catch up on our Boeing 747 articles

It was back in July that we found out that the Boeing 747 fleet was heading for early retirement as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. You can read our original article on the news here.

We followed up with a two-part story detailing the events that lead to the design and development of the 747 at Boeing in the 1960s as well as an article on the history of the Boeing 747 at British Airways.

British Airways to preserve one Boeing 747?

Rumours have been swirling of one 747 being preserved for posterity.

Simple Flying suggests that G-CIVB, the Negus liveried aircraft, will not be sent for scrap. Whether it stays in Kemble at Cotswold Airport long term remains to be seen, although it will only remain airworthy for a limited period without preventative maintenance.

The remaining British Airways Concorde is parked at Heathrow and is inaccessible to the public. Perhaps retaining the Boeing 747 will encourage it to finally arrange public access to both aircraft.

Comments (35)

  • Hardpack says:

    I always loved take off in 1A, it was so quiet you hardly knew you were moving. These planes where the pilot is in front of you are just not the same

  • Billyk says:

    1A 64A 64k all great seat fairwell queen of the skies.

  • Sam says:

    60 Million miles is a return trip to Mars!!

  • Amber Lynn says:

    I prefer to be swept off to cloud nine personally.

  • Mike B says:

    So glad I got a reward trip in for my 60th birthday in February just before Covid hit. Flying First out to Miami in 1A and 1K with my husband was pretty special and coming back to London In Clubworld upstairs in the bubble rounded off the BA 747 experience perfectly! Thanks to BA, Amex and Avios!

  • Andrew says:

    They are covering it on BBC Breakfast this morning.

  • Rhys says:

    Looks like the synchronised take off has been cancelled due to inclement weather unfortunately, so unless something changes it will be single runway takeoffs 🙁

    • Andrew says:

      Yes a damp squib unfortunately. But a fittingly gloomy end as the final 747 disappeared into the grey clouds above LHR – the grey cloud that is hanging over the whole travel industry.