British Airways scrapping whole fleet of iconic Boeing 747 planes in months after first planning to retire them in 2024

BRITISH Airways is planning to scrap their fleet of iconic jumbo jets and will be replacing them with more fuel efficient planes, it was reported last night.

The airline had originally planned to retire the Boeing 747 jets by 2024 and gradually replace them.

But with passenger numbers plummeting because of the coronavirus they have been forced to bring forward their plans.

Instead the BA fleet will use the 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350 as they are more fuel-efficient than the traditional Boeings which they have been using since 1971.

Each of the ditched jets will be broken up and scrapped for parts in the next few months.

A source told the Daily Mail: “It is entirely Covid-related. We don’t see passenger levels returning to normal until 2024 at the earliest and we just cannot foresee a time when we will use that size of aircraft again.

“It is a heart-breaking day for everyone at BA and for the customers it will be awful as well.This is one of the most recognisable aircraft after Concorde.”

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