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Another British Airways Boeing 747 will be preserved, this time at Cotswold Airport

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One of the two final British Airways 747s to depart Heathrow will be preserved at Cotswold Airport near Kemble, Gloucestershire.

G-CIVB, which is painted in the Negus retrolivery from the 70s and 80s, will be converted into a business, conferencing and private hire venue. There are also plans to open a cinema inside, although I can’t imagine an aircraft makes a particularly good screening room!

British Airways Boeing 747 Cotswold Airport Kemble

Plans are for the aircraft to be open to the public from Spring next year. Money raised from the aircraft will be used to support Cotswold Airport’s scholarship programme and charity. This allows 10 students per year to get the opportunity to undertake some flying instruction or experience other aviation career environments.


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Comments (17)

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  • Tom says:

    I’m excited about the preserved 747 at Kemble. It’s close to where I live. 🙂 I went recently to see all of the 747s lined up at their graveyard… felt very strange and quite sad.

    • MD says:

      “If you aren’t familiar with JUMP bikes, they are the bright-coral coloured e-bikes you are likely to have seen dotted around London.”

      Er, aren’t Lime bikes the green bikes I frequently see abandoned in the most inconvenient places? The clue is in the name! Coral is a shade of pinkish orange.

      • Jonathan says:

        Lime bought Jump. Lime are lime as you say, Jump are indeed coral coloured (closer to the red end of the spectrum IMHO). The Jump bikes are better/more durable in my experience so would suspect Lime would shift to the Jump design moving forward.

        Consolidation is a good thing as the main issue with these bikes currently is the way they end up scattered around with irregular sweep ups to shift them to more appropriate locations.

        • MD says:

          Interesting, never seen an orange/red one, thanks. But Lime’s base bikes are still green, I see them every day. Mainly abandoned on narrow pavements making it difficult for wheelchair users and prams to get past.

  • Chris L says:

    There was a report in the 747 at Cotswold Airport on BBC Points West News last night if anyone is interested (from 6:13) http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000nyzz via @bbciplayer

  • krys_k says:

    Whatever happened to Mobike? They were all over west london and super handy. And then one day…pfff…they were gone!
    Lime are ok but not competitive on price like Mobike.

    • Rich says:

      They pulled out of the market after realising that Brits can’t be trusted with dockless bikes. I don’t know what Lime do differently to avoid abuse

      • Jonathan says:

        Lime are electric so much heavier. Presumably if you manage to disable the lock & GPS it’s still nigh on impossible to get anywhere without getting the motor activated/battery charged whereas the Ofo/Mobike etc were manual with rubbish locks so seen as an easy target for local kids to pinch & treat with no respect for others.

  • Melonfarmer says:

    Re. Accor: As of yesterday (26/10) Amex have a £200 off a £200+ booking with their “onefinestay” brand too.

  • Jill (Kinkell) says:

    Saw these bikes set up in the business centre of the Conrad StJames yesterday , just beside the entrance. Wondered what they were doing there.

  • RussellH says:

    Surprised at just how limited the Accor offer is. Only six countries in Europe and mostly in the big cities. There is the Mercure Blackburn Dunkenhalgh Hotel & Spa in Clayton-le-Moors, but I was not impressed the one time we stayed there.

    • Anna says:

      Well it’s the only 4 star hotel in the local area so it doesn’t have to try too hard! And just to annoy everyone they have given their parking contract to one of those horrendous private firms which gives the 9 circles of hell a run for their money if you are unfortunate enough to have to deal with them.

      • RussellH says:

        Sounds worse than when we were there then! Accor website tells me it was 14 March 2010. And it was very cold too.

        I am sure that some of the small country inns around there are actaully much nicer, even though they do not have 4*.
        We were quite taken with the Inn at Whitewell a couple of years aga drink, but it was a gorgeous June day.

  • cinereus says:

    Email link to this story is broken.

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