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China Airlines Set to Retire Boeing 747-400 Fleet

After being served over 45 years, Taiwan-based China Airlines will host a scenic flight to celebrate the retirement of the Queen of the Skies in February. The airline also mentioned that the retirement will finish the transition from Boeing 747-400s to its Airbus A350 fleet. China Airlines had its first Boeing 747-400 in 1975 and owned 19 of the type in total over the years. Boeing 777-300ER and Airbus A350-900 aircraft have taken over airline’s long-haul services. The remaining four…

New Cargo Airline Begins Operations in Colombia, Airports May Reopen…

Panamericana Airlines, a Colombian company founded in Barranquilla under the direction of Thomas Friese, announced that it will begin operations in the second half of August. In an interview for El Heraldo, Ronald Peña, Panamericana Airlines Expansion Manager, said that the carrier will first offer international service to Miami and…

British Airways Announces Immediate Retirement of 747 Fleet

British Airway has announced that it will immediately retire its Boeing 747 fleet following the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The airline was forced to store all of its 28 747-400s due to reduced demand in the midst of the respiratory disease pandemic. In a letter sent out to all…

Qantas Will Pay Tribute to Its 747s with Farewell Flights

Qantas employees were notified that the company will operate three farewell flights with one of its 747s in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra in mid-July with tickets available to the public, giving passengers a chance to take one last trip on the jumbo jet. The aircraft will fly over Sydney on…

Reports: Boeing Set to End 747 Production

"Boeing has not told employees, but the company is pulling the plug on its 747 jumbo jet, ending a half-century run. The last 747-800 will roll out of a Seattle area factory in about two years," reported Bloomberg on Thursday citing people familiar with the matter. The last 747-8 will…

Onboard the Final Flight: Qantas Transfers Newly-Retired Boeing 747 to…

Continuing its gradual retirement of the type, Qantas parted ways with another Boeing 747-400 on Tuesday. The airline’s latest Boeing 747 to be sent to the United States was VH-OJU named Lord Howe Island, a near-20-year-old Qantas veteran and one of its longest-serving global ambassadors at the time of its…

Trip Report: Flying on an Air Canada Boeing 787-9 in…

I recently had the opportunity to spend a week in Germany - always a good destination during Christmas market season - and of course, one of the best parts about it was getting to spend some time on an aircraft again. While there were several options to fly me from Frankfurt…

Trip Report: A Disappointing Journey on One of KLM’s Most…

As a typical AvGeek, I’ve always taken any opportunity possible to fly on the most unique and unusual aircraft flying the friendly skies. I’ve flown from Phoenix to New York via San Francisco and Chicago to fly on a United 747-400 before it retired, from New York and back via…

Qantas Retires Another 747 to California Desert

As part of its plan to retire its aging Boeing 747-400 fleet in the next few years, Qantas Airways has sent another one of its 747s to the Mojave Desert for a permanent rest. VH-OJT, a 19-year Qantas veteran, flew its final flight from Los Angeles International Airport to the…