In July 2020 British Airways announced, with great sadness, that after five decades of service its fleet of Boeing 747 aircraft, fondly known as ‘The Queen of the Skies’ will be retired. This is as a result of the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the airline and the aviation sector in general. The fleet is being replaced by quieter more fuel-efficient aircraft as part of the airline’s commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Air Salvage International based Cotswold Airport is proud to be one of the companies chosen to handle the long term storage and support of eight of these iconic aircraft.
On Thursday 8 October 2020 the two remaining British Airways Boeing 747s at London Heathrow departed for the final time. One of these aircraft (G-CIVB) touched down for her final resting place at Cotswold Airport where she will have a new lease of life. Cotswold Airport will maintain the aircraft and plans to convert an area of its interior to be used as a unique business, conferencing and private hire venue, as well as a cinema for locals and an educational facility for school trips. Further information about this can be found on the British Airways Media News website.