British Airways' last Boeing 747 made its final flight yesterday, taking to the skies over the Vale of Glamorgan coastline on its emotional goodbye route.
The airliner took off from Cardiff Airport, heading for eCube Solutions at Bro Tathan business park, St Athan, where it will now be preserved. Along the way, the aircraft flew over the Vale of Glamorgan Coastline before touching down for a retirement brought forward by the Coronavirus pandemic.
Watch: British Airways final 747 touches down for a final time.
British Airways announced in July that it would be retiring its whole 31-strong fleet of 747s due to the devastating effects of the Coronavirus on the industry.
Sean Doyle, British Airways' CEO, said of flight:
"This final 747 journey is a bittersweet moment for the many thousands of British Airways customers and crew who have flown the world on these Queens of the Sky over the last five decades.
"But while we will certainly miss their majestic presence in the skies above, knowing our last 747 will be preserved for future generations to enjoy at a new home in Wales gives us a great sense of pride and is a fitting end to this chapter of British Airways' history."
Since entering BA's fleet on 20 January 1999, the aircraft, registration G-BYGC, flew a total of 45 million miles over 11,049 flights for a total of just over 91 thousand hours. Its last passenger flight travelled from San Francisco to Heathrow back in April.
A number of onlookers and spectators gathered to witness the aircraft's final touchdown, with one telling Bro Radio it was the "end of an era".