British Airways plane, A319, retired after 21 years of service.
In 2012, London, the city of the UK, hosted Olympic Games. The airbus used for carrying the Olympic Flame was also known as firefly. The yellowish orange aircraft is now retired, marking the end of an era.
This old ritual encompasses a plane form Athens to the host place. The brightened event is held every four years. A plane is responsible to carry ahead of the torch relay. Many other aircrafts in history were also privileged.
For instance, Boeing 767 of airline LATAM Brasil. Japan Airlines was also pleased to put into limelight its Boeing 787. However, British Airways airplane was smaller.
London’s Heathrow Airport, Honoree of Many Farewells
According to The UK Time News, Heathrow Airport has the honor for the sendoffs of many British Airways carriers. G-EUPC also took its last flight from the airport not far away from Cardiff maintenance base.
The plane flew at 11:30, reaching the height of 21,000 feet and landing at 14:06.
Furthermore, this aircraft of the UK airline is the 11th A319 to retire. It inaugurated at 2nd of November, 1999. The total flight hours of this airbus are 47,029 with a total of more than 5 years.
According to The UK Time News, the average flight hours of this aeroplane per day are 6.
On 18th of May, 2012, British Airways A319 was apple of everyone’s eyes. After departing from Athens, it flew to the country of Cornwall. G-EUPC illuminated the opening ceremony of 70 day relay covering 8,000 miles. The carrier was also esteemed with a firefly livery.
Nearly at the end of 2020, two jumbos of British Airways also took their last flights. They were the last Boeing 747 planes. These two took off without any passengers, one after the other.
British Airways A319 Features
British Airways A319 offered the comfort to the travelers like many other planes. It had the capacity to carry nearly 150 beings.
Moreover, it was a twin engine jet and an airbus, one of the best-selling aircraft category. The leather seats and moving maps video screens were huge advantages for the passengers.