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A Qantas Boeing 747 in San Francisco. The airline is retiring its final two 747s this month. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

QF7474 — The Final Qantas 747 Flight Takes Off

Qantas has bid farewell to its last Boeing 747-400 as it departed across the Pacific Ocean to Los Angeles before positioning to Mojave Airport, California as its final resting place. The final flight has brought down the curtain on a five-decade partnership between Qantas and the Queen of the Skies, which saw Qantas become one of only a few airlines in the world that stuck with the 747 up to today. https://twitter.com/Qantas/status/1285768732858445824 QF7474 was operated by VH-OEJ, a 17-year-old airframe…

KLM, Qantas Reportedly Flying Final 747 Flights This Weekend

The global COVID-19 crisis has impacted aviation profoundly as airlines quickly adapt to crippling demand for air travel and a new reality of border restrictions, grounded jets and seeing sub 20 percent flight load factors. Over 85 airlines across the globe have announced a temporary halt in flight operations and…

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…

Exclusive: Last Commercially Operating Boeing 747SP Flown to Retirement in…

Iran’s history of turbulent relations with Western nations has greatly impacted its aviation industry and forced aging aircraft to continue flying as newer replacements were unobtainable. As a result, aviation enthusiasts from around the world frequently gather in Tehran to fly on some of the oldest and rarest aircraft still…

A Virgin Farewell: What It Was Like to Go Behind-the-Scenes…

At midnight on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, the airline business lost another brand that helped to change and revolutionize the industry. On this day, the Virgin America brand was retired by Alaska Airlines, who had purchased Virgin America in 2016. Because of Virgin America’s innovative ideas, the airline had a…

Virgin America’s Upcoming Final Flights Mark the End of an…

As April 24 quickly approaches, so does the end of an era in American aviation as Virgin America will cease to exist in the early hours of the following day. The airline was recently purchased by Seattle-based Alaska Airlines for $2.6 billion and on Jan. 11, 2018 the two carriers…

A Reminiscent Farewell: United’s Boeing 747-400 Takes Final Flight from…

On Tuesday, United Airlines flew the last commercial flight for its Boeing 747-400 aircraft, marking the end of an era for the Chicago-based airline. The iconic jumbo jet, lovingly referred to as the "Queen of the Skies" by the aviation community, flew its last flight for United from San Francisco…

Last Scheduled Air Berlin Flight Lands at Tegel Airport Following…

On Friday, the final Air Berlin flight departed Munich bound for Berlin. The airline had recently declared bankruptcy, causing them to cease operations. The final flight, Air Berlin 6210, was operated by an Airbus A320, departing Munich at 9:35 p.m. and arriving at Berlin's Tegel airport just over an hour…

KLM Prepares for Its Final Fokker 70 Commercial Flight

Following a 97 year partnership between KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, KLM Cityhopper and the aircraft manufacturer Fokker, the airline is now phasing out its Fokker 70 fleet in an effort to operate more modern aircraft. This phase out marks the end of a extraordinary period for the Dutch airline industry,…