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British Airways Aircraft Types

Boeing 747-400 Fleet Pages

Building on the success of the 747-136 and 747-236 fleets it was inevitable that British Airways would be a major customer for the improved Boeing 747-436 launched in the late 1980s. Peaking at 57 aircraft the British Airways Boeing 747-400 passenger fleet was the largest in the world.

Introduced in 1989 the longer range of the aircraft over the existing 747-200s enabled the airline to fly one stop services to Australia year round for the first time and eliminated the need for technical stops en route to Tokyo.

The entire fleet were new to British Airways and have stayed with the carrier throughout with the exception of G-BNLH which spent two and a half years with QANTAS from 2000 - 2003.

British Airways Boeing 747-400 Fleet List

The aircraft have flown in a variety of seat configurations including one with economy seating on the upper deck. Currently the fleet is all deployed from Heathrow in two basic seat configurations; “Hi-J” versions have 70 Club World seats, some of these aircraft have 177 Economy Seats whilst the majority have an extra two centre rows at the rear making for 185 seats.  “Mid-J” versions have 52 Club World seats and an unusual layout with the World Traveller Plus cabin placed between First and Club World.

Aircraft G-CIVF, G-CIVG, G-CIVH and G-CIVI are 747-400 Lite models which were delivered without the tail fuel tank being plumbed in.

Three aircraft, G-BNLA, G-BNLD and G-BNLH are currently in storage at Victorville, California. G-BNLG, G-BNLU and G-BNLV were also placed into storage at Victorville during 2009 but have returned to the UK for service re-entry.

Two British Airways Boeing 747-436s, G-BNLB and G-BNLC were scrapped at Cardiff-Wales in November 2011.

The fleet is currently utilised across the longhaul network, reaching Australia, Asia, India, Africa and North and South America.

G-BNLR and G-BNLM were withdrawn in 2013 whilst G-BNLL was written off after its right wing struck a building at Johannesburg. G-BNLI, G-BNLR, G-BNLS and G-BNLT were withdrawn during 2014.

Loved by premium flyers thanks to the unique nose and upper deck sections, with the majority of the fleet now approaching twenty years old and with 777-300ERs and A380s entering service the 747-400 fleet will decline further over the next few years.  

Current BA Boeing 747-400 Routes.

(Routes flown in the last 30 days including positioning, test and training flights)