Company News31 October 2023

Ensuring the Memory of G-BYGC “BOAC” Lives On…

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A little about our journey with G-BYGC…

This aircraft was delivered to ecube, St Athan, at a time when the aviation industry was under great stress because of the pandemic. As part of a larger programme that saw eighteen B747-400 aircraft arrive across our UK and EU sites, G-BYGC was originally evaluated as an aircraft that could be maintained and made accessible for the public.

Reuse Repurpose Recycle

Following a full evaluation, including the aircraft’s various stake holders, the limitations of moving the aircraft to a safe, non-airside location had made this ambition unattainable. Therefore, the decision was made to give aviation enthusiasts around the world the opportunity to keep a piece of aviation history as part of ecube’s Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle programme. Additionally, the Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle programme will see an impressive number of parts and components from G-BYGC go back into industry.

Plane Reclaimers strive to support the future of aviation by working closely with our training and education partners in supplying invaluable training material and resources. This will include fully-functional passenger entry doors, to be used for essential cabin crew training. Our focus is to ensure the memory of aircraft G-BYGC lives on in a positive and sustainable way.

Working with British Airways, over 50 iconic parts of this aircraft will return back to heritage programmes, ranging from fuselage cuts to lift control panels.

From the 1st of November 2023, we will be listing a large range of BOAC items to the website. Take a look at what’s to come.

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