Friday August 14, 2020

Vincent Boland: Goodbye jumbo as British Airways falls to earth

The news that the airline has permanently grounded its fleet of 31 jumbo jets heralds the end of a golden age of aviation

2nd August, 2020
British Airways announced last month that it had grounded its fleet of 31 jumbo jets. Picture: Bloomberg

A long-haul flight is a great way to discover things you did not appreciate before getting on the plane. On one such flight, in a Japan Airlines Boeing 747 from London to Tokyo more than 20 years ago, I was awestruck by the scale of Siberia. On and on it went, for what felt like half of the 13 or so hours that we were in the air. There was hardly a light to be...

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