British Airways, the world’s largest operator of Boeing 747, mentioned late Thursday it might retire its total jumbo jet fleet with instant impact because of the downturn in journey business brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
Global curbs imposed to stem the unfold of the virus led to a turbulence in air journey, putting the way forward for many airline corporations unsure.
“It is unlikely our magnificent ‘queen of the skies’ will ever operate commercial services for British Airways again,” the corporate mentioned in an announcement.
British Airways, which is owned by International Consolidated Airlines Group, added that it’s going to function extra flights on fashionable, fuel-efficient plane comparable to its new A350s and 787s and expects such plane to assist in attaining net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
A wave of restructuring triggered by the virus outbreak is hitting airways and industrial corporations internationally.
The Sun reported final month that British Airways had reached an settlement with its pilots to sack 350 and one other 300 in ‘pool’ for rehiring when wanted.
The majority of pilots being ‘pooled’ have been anticipated to be the jumbo jet first officers, based on the report.
Boeing Co’s 747, a airplane that democratized world air journey within the 1970s however fell behind fashionable twin-engine plane, marked its 50-year flying anniversary in February 2019.
The US-based aerospace firm and its suppliers signalled the tip of the airplane, after they set the ultimate variety of elements it might want for the 747 jumbo jet program not less than a 12 months in the past.
However, the choice was left in limbo for years amid falling orders and pricing stress.