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VH-OJU resting in Moses Lake after a 20-year career with Qantas. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

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

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 exit. [caption id="attachment_33491" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A Qantas Boeing 747 in San Francisco (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)[/caption] Departing from Sydney just after 5 p.m. on Sunday, OJU flew 13 of…

American Sends Long-Time Super 80 Workhorse to the New Mexico…

American Airlines officially laid the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 to rest on Wednesday after 36 years of service with the airline. Today, 26 Super 80s, as the airline marketed them as, still in American Airlines' polished aluminum liveries, embarked on their final flight to Roswell, New Mexico where they will enjoy…

Opinion: Why I Will Dearly Miss American’s ‘Super 80s’

Call me dramatic, perhaps a bit over-emotional, or nostalgic, but I am indeed in love with American’s long-time workhorse MD-80 fleet. While other airlines, including Delta, will continue to operate the type after American retires theirs on Wednesday, Sept. 4, there are many things that make AA’s ‘Super 80s’ stand…

American’s MD-80 Retirement Not Affected By Boeing 737 MAX Grounding

American Airlines was forced to ground its fleet of 24 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft on March 13, 2019, in an effort to comply with an FAA order that came in the wake of the crashes of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 and Lion Air flight 605. The airline is the…

British Airways Details Retirement Plans for 747 Fleet

The days of the iconic Boeing 747 have become numbered as numerous airlines prepare to phase them out in favor of newer and more efficient wide-body aircraft such as the Airbus A350 and Boeing 777X. AirlineGeeks recently obtained data from a source close to British Airways, with details of the…

Hawaiian Airlines Bids Farewell to Boeing 767 Fleet

Earlier this week Hawaiian Airlines retired its last Boeing 767-300ER from its fleet. The last aircraft, tail number N594HA, flew its final commercial flight on Monday, Jan. 7 arriving in Honolulu from Sacramento. Guests were greeted by Hawaiian agents on arrival and were given traditional Hawaiian lei as they deplaned.…

Allegiant Says Farewell to the Mad Dog

After flying for nearly 20 years, the backbone of the Allegiant Air fleet, the Mcdonnell Douglas MD-80, will flew its last flight in the sun-tailed livery. After a long transition process, Allegiant is finally putting the MD-80 to rest after flying its final flight from Fresno Yosemite Airport to Las…

British Airways Puts Boeing 767 Fleet into Retirement

The last British Airways service operated by a Boeing 767 landed at London Heathrow for the final time on Sunday evening following almost three decades of operations for the airline. The 767 was the first wide-body twinjet aircraft designed by Boeing which took to the air in 1981 and was…

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…

Aviation History Preserved: World’s First Boeing 777 Arrives at Pima…

Arizona is a popular destination for retirees due to its consistent hot temperatures and idyllic, picturesque scenery. However, the latest retiree to change its residency to Arizona wouldn't be a 65-year old senior citizen, but rather a Boeing 777-200 aircraft as Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific announced on Monday that it…