Luxembourg-based freighter operator Cargolux has taken wearing a face mask while flying to a whole new level by painting a mask onto the front of one of its Boeing 747 jumbo jets.
The Boeing 747 freighter is one of the few that opens up at the nose, allowing for large cargo to be loaded much faster and easier. The nose of the Cargolux’s Boeing 747 is now featuring a face mask.
In a tweet, Cargolux said the paint job shows its commitment to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The message ‘Not without my mask’ is also painted on both sides of the aircraft. Cargolux isn’t the first airline to mask one of their aircraft.
Back in May, United Airlines attached a plastic mask to the front of one of their Dreamliners, however, it was taken off before the aircraft departed for safety reasons.
Last week, World of Aviation reported how British Airways began to send the first of its 31 remaining 747s to Spain for scrapping.
The Boeing 747-400, registration G-CIVD, took off from Heathrow for the last time at 10:30am local time on Tuesday, headed to Castellon-Costa Azahar Airport. The plane will reportedly be destroyed upon arrival.
Last month, British Airways, currently the world’s largest operator of Boeing 747 aircraft, announced that all its 31 remaining jumbo jets would never transport passengers again, as the airline rushed the plane’s retirement amid devastating financial pressure.
The planes were initially planned to be retired by the carrier in 2024, however, this date has been brought forward in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and subsequent global aviation downturn.
Additional reporting by Airlinerwatch.com