Could at least four former British Airways 747s fly another day ?!
British Airways 747s now registered in Bermuda
Last summer, British Airways made the decision to discontinue the Boeing 747-400 fleet with immediate effect. At that time, the airline operated the world’s largest passenger fleet of 747 to 400 aircraft with a total of 28 of these aircraft. Before the pandemic, it was planned to take these aircraft out of service by 2024.
The upper deck of the British Airways 747
It’s no surprise that the airline has moved forward on the retirement plan, as it is expected it will take several years for demand to recover to pre-pandemic levels, and the airline has also ordered dozens of new long-haul aircraft.
The assumption was that the British Airways 747 would not fly again, but we now have reason to believe that it may not. Jethro notices that Four former British Airways 747s have just been removed from the UK aircraft register and re-registered in Bermuda. The aircraft concerned have the following registration codes:
- G-CIVA, a 27 year old 747 that has been in storage in Teruel since April 3, 2020
- G-CIVS, a 23 year old 747 that has been in storage in Teruel since April 3, 2020
- G-CIVT, a 22 year old 747 that has been in storage in Teruel since April 3, 2020
- G-CIVX, a 22 year old 747 that has been in storage in Teruel since April 3, 2020
Four British Airways 747 are registered in Bermuda
What could British Airways 747 do in Bermuda?
The first thing to understand is that just because the planes are registered in Bermuda does not mean that they will actually ever operate there.
When I heard that the British Airways 747 had been re-registered, the first thing that came to my mind was a rumor that we saw in September 2020. At the time, it was reported that seven British Airways 747s would be taken over by Rossiya, an Aeroflot subsidiary that already flies 747s. However, at the time, British Airways denied the rumor.
You might be thinking, “Well, it sounds like these planes aren’t going to Rossiya as they are registered in Bermuda rather than Russia.” Well, 95% of the foreign planes (mainly Airbus and Boeing planes) used for Russian airlines are actually registered in other countries given the tax benefits. And Bermuda is one of the most popular countries for that. Aeroflot and Rossiya have registered a significant number of aircraft in these countries.
For example, Rossiya’s existing 747s are registered in Ireland while the company’s A319s are mostly registered in Bermuda.
I’ve wanted to fly Rossiya for years. So how cool would it be to one day be able to fly the old British Airways interior on a Rossiya flight ?!
(Courtesy of Anna Zvereva)
This is pure speculation, of course, and there are a number of other potential airlines this aircraft could fly to. For example, Longtail Aviation is a Bermuda-based charter airline and already has some 747s. Who knows, the airline may be looking for more.
Four British Airways 747 are registered in Bermuda. That’s all we know right now. So it is unclear what will happen to these planes. Personally, I think the Rossiya statement is the most likely given the heavy rumors over the past year and the extent to which Russian airlines are registering planes in Bermuda.
We hope that these beautiful jumbo jets have a few more flying hours. I’ll keep an eye on that and if there are any updates I’ll definitely share them.
What do you think of British Airways 747s registered in Bermuda?