After 35 years in service with BA, the last Boeing 737 operated from Gatwick to Turin on 30th September.The retirement of the fleet was marked by a special charity farewell flight for Flying Start. Colleagues from across the company, as well as representatives from some of BA’s suppliers, took part in the flight which flew from Gatwick along the south coast, taking in views of the Isle of Wight, Southampton, Portsmouth and Brighton.

Olympic gold medallist Sally Gunnell joined the celebrations on board, collecting donations for Flying Start which has so far raised over £2,500.

The 737 made its final departure from Gatwick airport to Turin, BA2578, and the return service, BA2579, was the last time customers would fly on a British Airways 737.

The final return flight was flown by an all-female pilot team, Captain Christine Scott and First Officer Gillian Tunley. It was also be Captain Scott’s last flight, as she was retiring after the trip as well. Captain Scott, who lives in Lingfield, near Gatwick Airport, began her flying career with British Airways on the 737 in 1996 before becoming a Captain in 2003.

Captain Christine Scott, said: “I’ve been flying the 737 for 19 years, and have loved every moment.

“It’s a terrific aircraft to fly and has proved incredibly safe, comfortable and reliable for our customers over the past four decades. I can’t think of a better way to end my British Airways career.”

On the same day that we said goodbye to the 737, it also welcomed its first Boeing 787-9 to our fleet, symbolising our continuous cycle of investment in aircraft and product.