The history of the Aviationtag British Airways Boeing 747-400 G-CIVE
This 747-400 with serial number 27350 was built at Boeing’s Everett plant and made its maiden flight on 9 December 1994. The Aircraft got delivered to British Airways on 20 December that year.
The British carrier named the Aircraft “Victor Echo”, and carrying registration G-CIVE it flew for 25 years and made a total of 13356 flights. In 2020, British Airways announced to retire the entire 747 fleet because of the impact the Coronavirus made on the industry.
The Boeing 747-400 was retired on 25 March 2020 and was parked at London Heathrow before being moved on 16 September 2020 to eCube Solutions (known from TV show Plane Reclaimers) in St Athan. There it was dismantled and parts of the skin recycled into the Aviationtag British Airways Boeing 747-400 G-CIVE (Blue).
Please be advised: Owning an Aviationtag, is owning a piece of history. During the airplane’s long life, the skin has developed some unique properties which make each tag different. Depending on the aircraft and what part it’s manufactured from, tags may show differences in material, color, thickness, and finish. For example, small scratches and flaking paint are perfectly normal, and these imperfections reflect on the long history of the aircraft. They give the tag its unique look and make it an excellent aviation collectible!
When using the Aviationtag as a keychain or luggage tag, we strongly advise using the original Aviationtag cover to preserve the finish.
History of the Boeing 747
The “Queen of the skies”, the iconic Boeing 747, was designed by Joe Sutter and his team in just 29 months. The wide body jetliner made its first flight on February 9, 1969, and it was put into service on January 22, 1970, with Pan Am.
The massive long haul aircraft, could have a wingspan of up to 68.4 m and a maximum range of 7,730 nm (14,316 km), depending on the variant. The so called “Jumbo jet” reached cruising speeds of mach 0.855 (933 km/h).
Sadly, the Coronavirus hit the Airline industry hard, and many retired their 747’s early in search for more efficient newer models. Boeing announced in 2020 it will end production. The last models are planned to roll of the production line in 2022. However, the 747 will keep flying for many more years, mostly as a freighter.