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Saying Goodbye to EVA Air’s Boeing 747

Taipei-based EVA Air is quickly approaching the retirement date and final flight of its Boeing 747-400 aircraft, which was moved from its original retirement date in October to Monday, August 21 back in January of this year. The aircraft has served the airline for over 25 years, covering numerous long haul routes in EVA's network including flights to Vancouver international (YVR) and Los Angeles International (LAX) from its base in Taiwan. Passengers will have a chance to fly onboard for…

How to Catch a Ride on One of the Few…

The iconic Boeing 747 has become a dying breed in the U.S. While airlines around the world, including British Airways and Lufthansa, will continue to operate the aircraft in the foreseeable future, U.S. airlines are saying goodbye to the "Queen of the Skies." Delta and United remain the only carriers in the U.S. that…

48 Years Later: Honoring America’s Iconic Boeing 747 Passenger Fleets

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times," reads a historic quote stemming from Charles Dickens' famous novel, A Tale of Two Cities, that applies in many respects to the fate of Boeing's iconic 747. While the aircraft's retirement will serve as a milestone for both Delta and United…

Air France Says “Au Revoir” to the Boeing 747

Nearly half a century after its first flight from Paris to New York in the 1970s, the aircraft affectionately known as the Jumbo Jet will bid an emotional farewell to the Boeing 747 with a tribute flight. On 14 January 2016, Air France is offering its customers a unique experience…

Lady Penelope Arrives in Goodyear, Leaves a Legacy Behind

Just yesterday at 4:45pm ET, Virgin Atlantic ferried G-VFAB "Lady Penelope" flew from Las Vegas to Goodyear for its final flight. The Boeing 747-4Q8 first became airborne on April 14th, 1994 and would go onto serve Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic for 21 years. The aircraft operated its last revenue flight as…

Delta Air Lines Begins Boeing 747 Retirement

[caption id="attachment_562" align="alignright" width="300"] A Delta Boeing 747-400 "smokes the mains" on arrival in Atlanta | Photo via Ryan Ewing[/caption] As oil prices rise, many airlines are beginning to or have already retired old, inefficient aircraft. Air New Zealand retired its final Boeing 747 aircraft last month, replacing it with…