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Ex-BA Jumbos to get new lease of life in Russia

  • September 21, 2020
British Airways retro liveried BOAC Boeing 747-400 G-BYGC (Image: Aviation Media Agency)
British Airways retro liveried BOAC Boeing 747-400 G-BYGC (Image: Aviation Media Agency)

Seven former British Airways Boeing 747 Jumbo Jets are to be given a reprieve from the scrapyard by Aeroflot subsiduary, Rossiya Airlines (FV/SDM).

British Airways, the largest operator of the Boeing 747-400, recently took the decision to retire the type to the dismay of crews, passengers and enthusiasts.

G-BYGB is one of the Boeing 747-400's reportedly going to Rossiya
G-BYGB and G-BYGC are two of the Boeing 747-400’s reportedly going to Rossiya

All British Airways 747’s would now be heading for scrapyards at St Athan, Kemble (Cotswold Airport) and Castellon for parting out.

But Rossiya has now apparently stepped in and offered a new life to some of the airlines youngest jumbos, namely G-BYGA, B, C, D, E, F G.

Rossiya already operates nine Boeing 747-400 aircraft mostly leased from VTB and Sberbank carrying Irish registrations.

British Airways Boeing 747-400
British Airways Boeing 747-400

It is unclear whether Rossiya is purchasing the aircraft outright of via a lease supplier.

The aircraft are expected to be delivered to the St. Petersburg Pulkovo based airline in October and November when Rossiya will become the largest operator of the type.

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