One of British Airways ‘ retired Boeing 747 aircraft is being given a new lease of life – as a film and TV set.
The 747 jumbo jet, registration G-CIVW, is leaving Cardiff AIrport where it was stored to head to its new home in Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, where it will be preserved for use as a commercial film set, where it will be used for interior and exterior shots (it’s not yet been confirmed if a production has already signed up to use the aircraft for filming).
The plane will also serve as a training facility.
When it’s not being used for filming, the aircraft will be stored at the Dunsfold Aerodrome ‘in public view’, keeping its Chatham Dockyard livery. There’s more good news for aviation fans too as there are plans to open up the plane as an exhibition, where visitors can “experience up close the size and scale of the Queen of the Skies”.
G-CIVW had been part of the British Airways fleet since 1998. It’s flown 11,424 flights, covering over 45 million miles across a total time of 90,617 hours. Its last passenger flight was from Boston to Heathrow in March.
Jim McAllister, Chief Executive, Dunsfold Aerodrome, said: “The 747 is a unique and important piece of aviation history and we are excited to be taking delivery of this retired aircraft at Dunsfold Aerodrome. Whilst G-CIVW will no longer fly, the aircraft will be preserved and given a new lease of life in the world of TV and film, training and special events.”
British Airways was forced to retire its Boeing 747s earlier this year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the aviation industry. Its final Boeing 747-400 planes took off in August in a milestone moment for the company.
There were 31 Boeing 747 planes in the British Airways fleet, all of which flew their last commercial services over the summer. At one point, the airline had been operating 57 of the aircraft.
The jets were already being slowly phased out of the fleet due to their being so ‘fuel-hungry’, but this was accelerated as a result of the impact of the pandemic.