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London, UK - Britain's flag carrier British Airways is retiring five Boeing 747-400 jumbo jets that are 23 years old on average.

Because of the ongoing global health crisis, the airline was forced to ground all its Boeing 747-400s and all of its Airbus A380s except one. The IAG subsidiary carrier is now retiring five of the iconic jumbo jets.

The retirement schedule is as follows:

April 14th, CIVL

April 15th, CIVJ

April 16th: CIVK & CIVN

April 17th: CIVH

All will be disassembled and their parts sold on the second-hand market. The 31 British Airways Boeing 747-400s have been grounded since March, However, three are spotted on radar screens last week.

The retirement of the 747s was initially planned for 2024, but it was accelerated due to the uncertainty surrounding the airline industry.

KLM and Qantas other major airlines that had to say goodbye to their Boeing 747-400 fleets earlier than planned for the same reason.
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