Why are most airlines taking the Boeing 747 out of service?

British Airways is withdrawing all B 747s

In 2019, the national airline of the United Kingdom had given three of its Jumbos a special paint job for the 100th birthday. At the time, nobody at BA suspected that just a few months later in the wake of the corona pandemic, things would turn badly. As with all other airlines, the demand for flights has slumped massively, so that BA parent company IAG had to pull the rip cord. In a letter to the flight crew, BA regrets the need to shut down the 747 fleet immediately.

The phasing out is probably not good news for cockpit and cabin crews. It has not yet been decided whether they are included in the 12,000 positions that the BA will presumably delete. Discussions with the trade unions are supposed to take place now. The BA's 747-400s are more than 20 years old. Most of the 28 wide-body jets were already scheduled to be decommissioned in 2024. Now the end is being brought forward by four years.

The message from the British is somehow symptomatic of aviation: large jets like the 747 or A380 are hardly needed anymore. They can only be used to full capacity in the rarest of cases and only used for connections to destinations with the appropriate airport infrastructure. In addition, the four-jet engines can hardly be operated economically. Modern jets of today's production such as A350 or Dreamliner can be operated very efficiently and usually offer exactly the right capacities. Source: IAG / DMM