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The british airline British Airways (BA) announced Friday that it will withdraw its entire fleet of Boeing 747 “with immediate effect”, since the decrease in passenger traffic due to the coronavirus makes it unfeasible to continue to operate with this aircraft. “It is unlikely that our superb ‘queen of heaven’ again to operate commercial services to British Airways due to the decline in travel caused by the global pandemic of Covid-19,” said the company in a press release.
he Added that, while this aircraft “will always have a special place” in the “heart” of the firm, the goal is to operate more flights in modern aircraft and fuel efficient” as the new A350 and 787, that will help to “achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050”.
BA, the property of the group hispanobritánico IAG, has used this model Boeing since 1989, and today was the largest global operator of the model 747-400, the second version of the initial 747. Their plans were to take out of circulation the 31 ships that you own in 2024, but the coronavirus has accelerated this decision , said the airline.
To cope with the crisis generated by the Covid-19, BA has announced that studies eliminate up to 12,000 jobs and it will begin to auction off, starting from the 28th of July, part of his multimillion-dollar art collection. Other airlines in the Uk such as easyJet and Virgin Atlantic have also announced cuts in their workforce and the reduction of operations.
The latest industry estimates suggest that the flow of passengers, it will take longer to return to previous levels to the pandemic than initially expected. The european branch of the Airports Council International (ACI) has stated that it does not expect that the number of travellers to recover until 2024, a year after forecasts are announced in advance.
passenger traffic at european airports in the last month decreased by 93% in comparison with June of 2019.