British Airways Sending 747s To Spanish Aircraft Graveyard

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British Airways is sending some of its Boeing 747 aircraft to Teruel, a Spanish aircraft graveyard. At least five of the aircraft have so far made the journey south from London Heathrow.

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British Airways has ferried five Boeing 747s to an aircraft graveyard in Spain. Photo: Getty Images

The airline has grounded a large number of aircraft as a result of the current aviation climate. This follows such advice being issued by the airline’s CEO Alex Cruz in mid-March on the matter.

It is currently unclear whether the aircraft are being stored for the time being, or whether they are being scrapped. Teruel does serve as an aircraft graveyard with satellite photos showing at least three KLM Boeing 747s at the airport, one missing wings.

However, at this time Simple Flying believes that the aircraft are being stored. According to data from FlightRadar24.com, the aircraft appear to be parking on an active part of the airport as opposed to the main storage area.

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The aircraft are parking to the west of the runway. Photo: FlightRadar24.com

One of British Airways’ oldest aircraft

So far British Airways has sent five Boeing 747s to Teruel.

The first of the aircraft to make the journey was G-CIVA. This aircraft is the oldest aircraft in the British Airways fleet wearing the current Chatham Dockyard livery. The only aircraft older is G-BNLY which wears the airline’s Landor heritage livery.

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Teruel is an aircraft graveyard. Photo: Getty Images

According to Planespotters, the aircraft was delivered to British Airways in March 1993, making it 27.1 years old. FlightRadar24.com data confirms that its last passenger flight was on the 27th of March as BA72 from Vancouver to London Heathrow. It flew to Teruel as BA9154, departing at 12:01 and arriving at 14:51.

Which other aircraft have been sent to Spain?

The second aircraft to journey to Teruel was G-CIVR. This aircraft departed Heathrow for the Spanish airport at 12:33, arriving at 15:22. G-CIVR is 22.1 years old having been delivered in March of 1998. Its last passenger flight was on the 19th of March from Boston to Heathrow as BA212.

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The aircraft flew down to Teruel together. Photo: FlightRadar24.com

Third up was G-CIVS. Delivered just 11 days after G-CIVR, this aircraft is also 22.1 years old. It departed from Heathrow at 13:34 as BA9156, touching down in Teruel at 16:25. This aircraft’s last passenger flight was on the 28th of March. It operated as BA284 from San Francisco to London Heathrow.

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G-CIVT departed from London Heathrow as BA 9157 at 13:54. Following 1-hour and 51-minutes in the air, it touched down at 16:45, right as the last aircraft was turning towards its final approach. G-CIVT was delivered to British Airways seven days after G-CIVS and is also 22.1 years old. This aircraft’s last passenger flight was from Capetown on the 27th of March

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British Airways has already grounded a number of 747s in Cardiff. Photo: Getty Images

Last but not least was G-CIVX. This aircraft is 21.6 years old having been delivered to British Airways on the 3rd of September 1998. G-CIVX landed in Teruel at 16:59. It had departed London Heathrow at 14:04 as BA9158. This aircraft’s most recent passenger flight was on the 18th of March as BA74 from Lagos to Heathrow.

Did you notice the five aircraft flying down to Teruel? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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