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Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
Boeing to end production of the 747 in 2022
Boeing 747-400 Dreamliner
Boeing 747-400 Dreamliner Credit: Brian (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Boeing CEO, Dave Calhoun, has announced Wednesday the company will end production of the 747 in 2022. Boeing will keep producing the aircraft at a rate of one every two months until the programme ends, with the US president’s Air Force One expected to be one of the last deliveries.

According to analysts, the end of the 747 programme has been hastened by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has put Boeing’s customers under even greater pressure and forced them to re-evaluate the usage of planes that rely on hundreds of passengers to be profitable.

Qantas, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and Lufthansa already decided for the retirement of their 747 fleets.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
British Airways retires entire 747 fleet
British Airways BOAC liveried aircraft
British Airways BOAC liveried aircraft Credit: British Airways

British Airways (BA) will retire its entire Boeing 747 fleet with immediate effect after the downturn in travel sparked by the Covid-19 outbreak. The company, the world’s largest operator of the 747, had initially planned to retire the last of its 747 on 2024.

BA said in a statement: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm we are proposing to retire our entire 747 fleet with immediate effect.".

Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
UK to quarantine air passengers for 14 days
Heathrow Airport Terminal 5
Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 Credit: Heathrow Airport

BBC reports UK airlines have been told the government will impose a 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving in the UK from any country apart from the Republic of Ireland to try to avoid a second peak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Travellers arriving in the UK will have to provide the address and then self-isolate at a private residence. It is not clear if non-UK residents will be allowed to stay in rented private accommodation.

"We need to see the details of what they are proposing", said Airlines UK, which represents British Airways, EasyJet and other UK-based airlines, in a statement.