As British Airways retires its fleet of Boeing 747-400s without so much as a domestic farewell flight, Live and Let’s Fly is offering the next best thing possible, a photo walkthrough in memory of the Queen of the Skies.
British Airways 747 Photo Tour
Last October I flew British Airways aboard the 747-400 from London to Los Angeles. I slipped on during pre-boarding and due to some delay boarding wheelchair passengers, I found myself for about three minutes in a virtually empty cabin. I took full advantage of the time.
British Airways had one of the largest first class cabins on the 747-400, with 14 seats in first class. Truthfully, these seats did not feel as spacious as a business class seat on many carriers or even British Airway’s new Club Suite aboard the Airbus A350, but it was still a very comfortable seat that I enjoyed on a flight from London to New York.
You can read my British Airways 747-400 First Class review here.
Business Class (Club World)
People like to complain about the old British Airways eight-across business class cabin, but I always found it perfectly comfortable. My 747-400 had 86 Club World seats onboard, creating a huge business class cabin. Business class was located directly behind first class on the main deck and also on the upper deck, a more intimate environment with only 20 seats.
Premium Economy (World Traveller Plus)
The World Traveller Plus seat on the 747-400 was an older generation that BA’s current premium economy seat, but I found it to be better padded and more comfortable. It was like a comfortable recliner chair and I managed a nice nap. My configuration had 30 seats in a 2-4-2 configuration.
You can read my British Airways 747-400 Premium Economy review here.
Economy Class (World Traveller)
I never flew in economy class on the 747, but the cabin included 145 seats in 10-across 3-4-3 seating.
What a remarkable aircraft; an iconic silhouette in the skies for 50 years. I’m very sad that British Airways is not offering the Queen a proper sendoff, but hopefully this photo essay is better than nothing.
Thanks for reading my British Airways 747 photo tour! What is your favorite memory of the BA 747?