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Qantas Retires Final Boeing 747 from American Skies

When Qantas flight QF74 departed San Francisco for Sydney on Tuesday, it ended an era that started with one of its predecessors nearly a half-century ago, Qantas Boeing 747 service between Australia and America. In the latest milestone in its long history of transpacific flying, Qantas has retired its last Boeing 747 from American skies as the Sydney-San Francisco route, the final route to the U.S. that operated using the aircraft, will be upgraded to the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner starting…

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…

Qantas Celebrates 60 Years of Jet Service

On July 29, 1959, a Qantas Boeing 707 took off from Sydney's Kingsford Airport bound for London, New York and San Francisco via Nadi and Honolulu, becoming the first commercial transpacific flight operated by a jet airliner. Nowadays, the Australian flag carrier serves each destination with their own routes daily…

British Airways Nixes Scheduled 747 Domestic Flights

When British Airways scheduled three domestic flights on its Boeing 747-400s for Aug. 25 last week, the flights caused lots of hype amongst the aviation enthusiast community, with many eager to take a ride on the Queen of the Skies on this special occasion. The flights were scheduled from British…

Lion Air Bids Farewell to 747 Fleet, Prepares for A330neo…

Lion Air announced it has retired the Queen of the Skies from its fleet in what constitutes a milestone for the Indonesian low-cost carrier, after ten years of flying with the airline serving domestic destinations and flights to Saudi Arabia. The Jakarta-based carrier has been flying a single densely-configured Boeing…

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 Flies Final Boeing 747 Service from Los Angeles

When Qantas flight QF56 departed from Los Angeles bound for Brisbane Thursday evening, it marked the final departure of a Qantas 747 aircraft from Los Angeles International Airport. The flight closed an important chapter in Qantas’ history and one of its longest, as the airline has been operating the popular,…

A Changing of the Guard: Qantas Retires Legendary Boeing 747…

46 years after the first Qantas Boeing 747 graced the skies between New York and Los Angeles, the Australian flag carrier is retiring them on the route for good. Friday, Aug. 31 marked not only the last day of the month, but the final day of Qantas’ Boeing 747-400 from…

El Al Goes Retro with New 787 Special Livery

El Al’s social media pages on Wednesday showed off the airline’s newest special livery, a retro-themed livery taking passengers back to the 1960s. The airline, founded in September 1948 and as old as the State of Israel itself, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and the special livery is…

Photo Gallery: A Last Look at Delta’s Queen of the…

Delta Air Lines’ 747 made a stop at Los Angeles International Airport this week on its hub-to-hub farewell tour for the Queen of the Skies. Delta ship 6314 arrived at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Wednesday morning before 10 a.m. and parked at LAX’s Flight Path Museum & Learning…