A retired Boeing B747 aircraft from British Airways will be converted into a cinema, conference and education centre in Gloucestershire for visitors and locals to enjoy.

The aircraft, which had registration G-CIVB, entered in the British Airways fleet on 15 February 1994 and had flown a total of 13.398 flights until its last passenger flight from Miami to Heathrow on 6 April 2020.

As recent as last year, it was one of four aircraft which were painted in the unique Negus livery, which adorned British Airways planes in the 1970s and 1980s, as a part of the airline’s 100th anniversary celebrations.


Photo: British Airways

Now the retired iconic jumbo jet will be permanently stationed at Cotswold Airport, near Kemble in Gloucestershire.

According to the airline, the airport is transforming the jumbo jet into a unique business, conferencing and private hire venue, as well as a cinema for locals and an education facility for school trips.

The aircraft is planned to be open to the public from spring 2021. A large proportion of the money raised will be used to support Cotswold Airport’s scholarship programs and charities. From which many of the scholarship recipients have gone on to careers in both the Navy and Royal Air Force.


Photo: British Airways

This is the second British Airways B747 to have found a permanent home after retirement – the airline has previously announced that the aircraft with registration G-CIVW will be used as a TV and film set at Dunsfold Aerodrome.