Retired British Airways 747 flies over Surrey homes and lands in Cranleigh

In December, a retired British Airways (BA) aircraft flew over numerous Surrey homes prior to landing in Cranleigh, where it will now remain as a permanent exhibit.

The G-BNLY left BA’s engineering base in Cardiff on December 5, and was “waved off” by the engineers who have proudly maintained the 747 fleet.

After an approximate 40-minute journey, it landed at Dunsfold Aerodrome, in Stovolds Hill, Cranleigh, where it will begin its new life as a TV and film set.

British Airways announced in July it was retiring its fleet of 31 747-400 aircraft due to the “devastating impact” of the COVID-19 pandemic on the airline and aviation sector.

The G-BNLY, used between 1984 and 1997, is among several painted in heritage liveries to mark the airline’s centenary last year, and residents said the landing was “emotional”.

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