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British Airways Grounds Its Last 747, Ending an Era

Aircraft G-CIVY, one of the last two British Airways Boeing 747-400 aircraft takes off from Heathrow Airport, on Oct. 8.
Aircraft G-CIVY, one of the last two British Airways Boeing 747-400 aircraft takes off from Heathrow Airport, on Oct. 8.Photographer: Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images

British Airways retired its last two Boeing Co. 747 airliners, marking the end of the line for one of the largest fleets of the iconic jumbos.

The planes took off from BA’s London Heathrow hub on Thursday, with their departure live-streamed for aviation enthusiasts and the generations of long-haul travelers who have flown on the hump-backed behemoths.