British Airways changes Boeing 747 flights due to fly on airline’s centenary

British Airways passengers have been left disappointed after it was revealed that a host of flights on the airline’s centenary won’t be operated by Boeing 747 aircraft.

Speculation arose online after aviation fans spotted a number of domestic flights on board Boeing 747 aircraft available for the 25th August – the same day as the airline’s upcoming centenary.

It prompted some fans to suggest that the flights were part of special centenary celebrations. As a result, a number of people booked onto the routes to try and be part of the milestone moment.

Unfortunately, this week they were contacted by the airline advising them that the flights were no longer set to be operated by Boeing 747 aircraft. The flights themselves will go ahead on different aircraft.

British Airways Boeing 747
British Airways Boeing 747

However, BA also added that it knew some passengers may have booked on specifically for this particular aircraft, so it is currently offering passengers who no longer wish to fly the option to get a full refund.

If you booked one of the flights through a travel agent, you should get in touch with them directly.

It’s worth noting that the company has not yet confirmed what it has planned for the big day on the 25th August itself.

A spokesperson for the airline told Mirror Online: “We haven’t revealed any of the details of our birthday weekend so far. Some aviation websites made a guess at what we were planning, but we were very clear that this was speculation.

“We understand some customers booked on these flights hoping they would be celebration flights, so have been in touch with those affected to offer a full refund for anyone who no longer wishes to travel.”

Of course it does seem quite the coincidence that Boeing 747 aircraft were initially due to fly on the date of the airline’s centenary, but British Airways remains tight-lipped about what it will do to mark the occasion in August.

The company’s Boeing 747 planes have already been in the spotlight this year after getting some very special makeovers, for example with one plane receiving a heritage BOAC livery and another a heritage Landor livery .

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