G-ZZZC, a Boeing 777-200, holds a unique place in aviation history. Delivered to British Airways on November 11, 1995, it became the airline's first 777 and the first 777 delivered to Europe. This iconic aircraft has been retired during the pandemic after nearly 24 years of dedicated service, marking the start of a new chapter in its aviation journey as an Aircrafttag.

The Boeing 777 is known for being the backbone of British Airways' long-haul fleet, but as some of these aircraft approach a quarter of a century in service, the airline has begun the process of retiring its older members. G-ZZZC, with its distinctive registration "ZZZ" chosen for its visual resemblance to the number 777, now finds itself at the end of its active flying career and has been transported to St Athans for scrapping.

Throughout its lifetime, G-ZZZC has exemplified the spirit of a workhorse. British Airways revealed impressive statistics, indicating that this Boeing 777 completed an astonishing 20.000 cycles and spent a remarkable 100.000 hours in the air, crisscrossing the globe and visiting numerous countries. Although exact records of its total distance traveled and passenger count are unavailable, British Airways estimated that G-ZZZC covered approximately 50.000.000 miles during its service. Approximately 4.000.000  passengers had the privilege of flying onboard this historic aircraft.

The aircraft's final passenger rotation saw it journey to Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria, departing on January 11 and landing on the 12th after a five-and-a-half-hour flight. After departing Abuja at 09:22, it made its emotional last landing at London Heathrow Airport at 14:22, marking the end of an era.

Spending its final night at Heathrow, where it was based for most of its service life, G-ZZZC took off for its farewell flight to St Athan the next day. Joining other retiring aircraft, it landed 40 minutes post-departure from Heathrow, preparing for disassembly and recycling.

Now, G-ZZZC continues its legacy in a different form. It has been transformed into an Aircrafttag, allowing aviation enthusiasts and collectors to own a tangible piece of this iconic Boeing 777-200. This transformation marks the beginning of British Airways' plan to retire older Boeing 777 aircraft from its long-haul fleet, while the aircraft's story lives on as a cherished memento, carrying with it the memories of countless flights and passengers it served during its remarkable career.

The Boeing 777, as a whole, is renowned for its groundbreaking design and construction. When it was introduced in the early 1990s, it represented a significant leap forward in aviation technology. The 777 was the first commercial aircraft to be designed entirely with computer-aided design (CAD) software, which allowed for greater precision and efficiency in its development.

Its construction also featured several innovations. The 777's fuselage was made from advanced lightweight materials, including carbon-fiber-reinforced composites, which made the aircraft significantly lighter and more fuel-efficient than its predecessors. The Boeing 777 was also the first twin-engine aircraft to be certified for extended-range twin-engine operations (ETOPS), allowing it to operate on long-haul routes over remote areas.

In summary, G-ZZZC's retirement marks the end of an era for this iconic Boeing 777-200, but its legacy lives on as an Aircrafttag, preserving the history of an aircraft that played a pivotal role in the evolution of modern aviation technology.