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Photo Essay: United Airlines’ Final Boeing 747 Flight Gives the Queen of the Skies a Royal Sendoff

United Airlines operated its last ever Boeing 747 passenger flight last week and took passengers back to the 1970s for a memorable experience and non-stop party.
After three hours of festivities at the departure gate, the leisure-suit clad crowd boarded and the real party began. There was a once-in-a-lifetime fly-by of the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco, retro menus from the 70s including delicacies from Trader Vic’s, dry ice …

History in the Making: United Airlines Final Boeing 747 Flight Takes Off

SOMEWHERE OVER THE PACIFIC—Since its launch in 1970, over 1,500 Boeing 747 Jumbo Jets have graced the skies. Today, November 7, 2017, United Airlines, one of the two remaining U.S. carriers flying the graceful airliner, operated its final 747 flight, from San Francisco to Honolulu, recreating its inaugural 747 flight over the same route on July 23, 1970. This report is being published live from onboard the final flight.
“Flying to …

British Airways to Fully Retire 747 Fleet by 2024

British Airways to Fully Retire 747 Fleet by 2024

British Airways announced it would begin to retire its Boeing 747 fleet, reducing its size by half by 2021 and operating its last 747 flight in 2024.
With 36 in service, the British flagship carrier is currently the world’s largest operator of the 747-400. Depending on the cabin configuration, the airline’s 747s can accommodate between 275 and 347 passengers.
The 747-400 was introduced into its fleet in the 1990s. The …

Boeing 747: Now On Final Approach

When the Boeing 747 was first placed into service in 1970 with launch customer Pan American World Airways, I didn’t have long to wait to fly in one. My parents were far from aviation enthusiasts but frequently flew on Pan Am. I cut my teeth as a child on the Boeing 707 so it was just a matter of time before I ended up on a Pan Am 747-100 exploring …

Wing Panel Falls Off KLM Plane, Damages Car While Flying Over Japan

Wing Panel Falls Off KLM Plane, Damages Car While Flying Over Japan

A piece of an airplane fell from a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines plane on Saturday, damaging a car in Japan. The aircraft, a Boeing 777, had taken off from Kansai International Airport.
The wing panel, which authorities say weighed approximately nine pounds (four kilograms), damaged the roof of the car and smashed its rear window. The debris fell from a height of 6,500 feet (2,000 meters).
No one was in the car …

JAL Places Order for 4 787-8 Dreamliners

JAL Places Order for 4 787-8 Dreamliners

Japan Airlines announced that it placed an order for four Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.
The order is valued at over $900 million at current list prices.
JAL said that the order is part of the airline’s plans to expand its network and fleet ahead of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is a member of the Boeing 787 family, which also includes the 787-9 and the 787-10. The 787-8 …

Oldest Boeing 747 in Active Service – a Former Pan Am Jumbo Jet – Makes Last Flight

Oldest Boeing 747 in Active Service – a Former Pan Am Jumbo Jet – Makes Last Flight

An aircraft that is believed to be the oldest Boeing 747 still in active service made what was likely to have been its last flight earlier this year. Originally acquired by Pan American World Airways as Clipper Ocean Spray, the jumbo jet rolled off the assembly line in October 17, 1969 and made its first flight on March 3, 1970.
The plane, a Boeing 747-100 owned by General Electric, made its …