It is understood that the British Airways Boeing 747 in the special BOAC retro livery is set to be scrapped due to a lack of funding for pending visitor access.
About G-BYGC: The British Airways Boeing 747 in the BOAC Livery…
The specific airframe itself is G-BYGC and was the final 747 to fly on December 11, 2020, before being sent to St Athan for storage pending such visiting capabilities.
As per data from Planespotters.net, G-BYGC was delivered to the airline in January 1999.
In 2022, to celebrate the heritage of the airline, it was painted in the old-school BOAC livery that the carrier used to sport decades ago.
As the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country in the UK, the jet with British Airways was withdrawn from use and stored in both London Heathrow & Cardiff as it wasn’t needed due to the drop in capacity.
Following its time in storage in Cardiff, the jet was then sent to St Athan to be preserved, but the decision now has taken place for it to be scrapped.
BOAC was a big part of the British Airways identity, having operated under that guise from 1940 until 1974 before it ultimately became the airline we know today.
Within that 34 years of flight, air travel was revolutionized, including the introduction of the jet age, which transformed the way people fly, and even today, that remains to be the case.
Ultimately, it is a shame that this jet will now be scrapped, as preservation of such history like this should include aircraft like this.
For now, all eyes will be on the aircraft’s final days in physical form, before it is then destroyed by those in St Athan.