A retired British Airways Boeing 747 made its final journey to Manchester, that too on the back of a lorry. The top deck of the decommissioned plane was set to become a tourist attraction in Salford. It was transported from Kemble, on the edge of the Cotswolds. It set off about 9.30 am and reportedly made its way along the M5, M6, M56, and M60, before arriving in Salford around four and a half hours later.
Sighting of the Top Deck on M6
Drivers on the M6 wound up doing a double-take at the sight of a massive plane cruising up the motorway today. The top deck of a decommissioned Boeing 747 got stuck in traffic but made its way through to Salford.
The Jumbo Jet uses the M6 which was sighted and circulated over various social media. It will be turned into a tourist attraction, including the UK’s only 747 flight simulators inside a real flight deck.
The plane has been saved from being scrapped by memorabilia company Doors2Manual after airlines sent the aircraft into retirement. Alongside, the company deferred to CrowdFunder to raise the costs for Boeing’s transport up north from Kemble on the edge of The Cotswolds.
‘The Deck’ to become a Tourist Attraction
Doors2Manual plans to use ‘The Deck’, as it’s been dubbed, as a backdrop for weddings and conferences and for educational purposes. As such, this is not a final goodbye to the infamous art of the British Airways G-BYGA aircraft. The company wrote;
“The top deck will arrive to us mainly intact, but in order to help create a unique visitor experience we need to source quite a number of flight deck components to bring her back to full life and invest in making the hangar she will sit in a truly spectacular home.”
The 747 is a beloved plane in the aviation industry. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the final 38 were sent for premature retirement. British Airways scrapped all 31 of its 747s – 10 per cent of its entire fleet. However, Virgin Atlantic put its last seven of the aircraft out to pasture.
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