Following news in August that the BOAC liveried British Airways Boeing 747 was being dismantled, parts of the aircraft have now begun to be sold online to the public.
The 1999 vintage 747-400, G-BYGC (c/n 25823) was the last-ever BA jumbo to fly and was being stored at St Athan under the care of aircraft disassembly and part out specialists eCube.
The original plan for the quadjet was for it to be preserved and opened to the public but this never came to fruition. In a statement to Key.Aero in August and eCube spokesperson said: “Aircraft MSN 25823 was delivered to our St Athan facility at a time when the aviation industry was under great stress because of the pandemic. As part of a larger programme that saw eighteen 747-400 aircraft arrive across our UK and EU sites, MSN 25823 was originally evaluated as an aircraft that could be maintained and made accessible for the public.
“Following a full evaluation, including the aircraft’s various stake holders, the limitations of moving the aircraft to a safe, non-airside location have made this ambition unattainable. Therefore, the decision has been made to give enthusiasts around the world the opportunity to keep a piece of aviation history in their home or on their person as part of our Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle programme. Ultimately this will ensure the memory of aircraft MSN 25823 lives on in a positive and sustainable way through disassembly and upcycling.”
As of November 1, online aviation memorabilia shop Plane Reclaimers has begun to sell parts of the iconic jumbo to the public. These include single and triple window cuts, ashtrays, safety mirrors, cabin service panels, seat markers and much more.