In Pictures: Final flight – Heathrow waves goodbye to BA’s Boeing 747s

Passengers and staff on a British Airways 747 (British Airways/PA)
Passengers and staff on a British Airways 747 (British Airways/PA) - (Copyright PA Media)
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An era ended for British Airways when two of its Boeing 747 fleet left Heathrow Airport for the last time.

Commonly referred to as jumbo jets, or more respectfully as the Queen of the Skies, the aircraft have been familiar sights over London and the rest of the UK for half a century.

Their departure from the BA fleet has been hastened by the crisis wreaked on the aviation industry by the coronavirus pandemic.

Aircraft G-CIVY, one of the last two British Airways Boeing 747-400 aircraft, takes off on its final departure from Heathrow Airport, London (Steve Parsons/PA) - (Copyright PA Wire)
British Airways retires 747 fleet - (Copyright PA Wire)
A Boeing 747 in BOAC livery 7 (British Airways/PA) - (Copyright PA Media)
British Airways retires 747 fleet - (Copyright PA Wire)
A passenger cabin in a Boeing 747 57 (BA/PA) - (Copyright PA Media)
The planes have become a familiar sight in the UK skies (Steve Parsons/PA) - (Copyright PA Wire)
A 1971 photo of a Boeing 747 in British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) livery at London’s Heathrow airport. The airline is now known as BA (PA) - (Copyright PA Wire)
A 1971 take-off in BOAC livery before the airline rebranded (PA) - (Copyright PA Media)
British Airways Boeing 747-400 aircraft, designated G-CIVY performs a fly past over Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport (Andrew Matthews/PA) - (Copyright PA Wire)
A British Airways Boeing 747 taklng off from London’s Heathrow airport in 2001 (Tim Ockenden/PA) - (Copyright PA Media)
The last two British Airways Boeing 747-400 aircraft, designated G-CIVY (front) and G-CIVB prepare for the final flight from Heathrow Airport (Steve Parsons/PA) - (Copyright PA Wire)
The double decker is known affectionately as the Queen of the Skies (Steve Parsons/PA) - (Copyright PA Wire)
A Boeing 747 in BOAC livery 7 (British Airways/PA) - (Copyright PA Media)

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