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LONDON, U.K. - IAG's flag carrier British Airways has announced that it retired all of its remaining Boeing 747-400s due to the ongoing global slump in air travel.

British Airways had 33 Boeing 747-400s in its fleet in March 2020, before the pandemic started to seriously affect the global air travel. British Airways was by far the world's largest Boeing 747 operator.

While most of the type's scheduled flights stopped in late March, British Airways continued to operate the Boeing 747-400s on specific flights, mostly repatriation charters. The aircraft made its last commercial flight was on June 3-4.  The jumbojet registered G-CIVP (MSN 28850) carried out a repatriation charter from London Heathrow to Cape Town and return.

The most of British Airways' Boeing 747s had already been parked. Out of the 33 aircraft are currently stored in Cardiff where the carrier has a maintenance facility, five each in Teruel and Kemble, and two in St. Athan. Seven units remain parked at Heathrow.

British Airways operated several variants of the B747 Family since 1971 and at one time, had a total of 57 in its fleet.

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