One of the last two British Airways Jumbos is to become a permanent exhibit at Cotswold Airport.

Victor Bravo arrived at the former RAF Kemble earlier this month and now Kemble Air Services, the airport operator, has signed a contract to buy her, promising she will be “preserved and exhibited in the graceful manner she deserves”.

Plans for the aircraft include converting part of interior for a unique business, conferencing and private hire venue, as well as a cinema for locals people and an educational facility for school trips.

Airport chief executive Suzannah Harvey said: “It is great news for locals and visitors who will be able to see and experience one of the most iconic passenger aircraft of its time.

"We’re absolutely delighted to make this happen following its final flight from London Heathrow to Cotswold Airport on 8 October.”

British Airways chief executive Sean Doyle said: “It was with great sadness that we retired our two final 747s based at Heathrow earlier this month, so we’re glad Cotswold Airport is able to give one of these aircraft a new home and a new lease of life. 

"The 747, and the Negus livery, are iconic in British Airways’ past, and we hope locals and visitors will enjoy seeing this slice of history for years to come.”

Since entering the British Airways fleet on February 15, 1994, it made 13,398 flights and flew 118,445 hours over nearly 60 million miles.

Its last passenger flight was from Miami to Heathrow on April 6 2020.

On social media the airport revealed it is looking for volunteers to help maintain the aircraft. "We already have a few ex-747 pilots and crew helping. At this stage, any volunteers MUST be former 747 pilots, stewards or engineers/ground crew, preferably BA. Engineers would be particularly welcome."

It explained: “At present, she remains on North Apron; as this is airside, it does not allow public access for reasons of aviation safety. The plan is to move her onto a bespoke concrete pad on the grass at the back of AV8/The Control Tower, which will allow ease of access for the public.”

It is not expected the move will happen before the new year.

After paying for her upkeep, money raised from events on the aircraft will be used to support Cotswold Airport’s scholarship programme and charities.

Every year the scholarship helps 10 students who have an interest in aviation-related sectors or careers to undertake instructional flight time or experience various aviation career environments.