British Airways' last two 747 jumbo jets take-off

BRITISH Airways' last two Heathrow-based Boeing 747 planes have departed from the airport on their final flight.

The jumbo jets - often referred to as the "Queen of The Skies" - left the west London airport shortly after 8.35am on Thursday.

British Airways originally planned to retire the jumbo jets by 2024.

The airline brought forward the retirement of its fleet of 747-400 aircraft due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the aviation sector.

BA expects the last Boeing 747s, currently positioned in Wales, to leave the fleet by the end of the year.

British Airways’ CEO Alex Cruz said: “This is not how we wanted or expected to have to say goodbye to our incredible fleet of 747 aircraft.

“[The 747] will always hold a special place in our hearts at British Airways.”

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