Coronavirus forces British Airways to withdraw its entire jumbo jet fleet

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British Airways, the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 747, announced Thursday evening that it would withdraw its entire fleet of jumbo jets with immediate effect due to the slowdown in the travel industry caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Global restrictions imposed to stem the spread of the virus have caused turbulence in air travel, calling into question the future of many airlines.

“Our magnificent” Queen of Heaven “is unlikely to operate commercial services for British Airways again,” the company said in a statement.

BA, part of the International Consolidated Airlines Group, added that it will conduct more flights on modern, fuel-efficient aircraft such as its new A350s and 787s and expects these aircraft to help achieve carbon emissions. net zero by 2050.

A wave of restructuring triggered by the virus epidemic is hitting airlines and industrial companies around the world.

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