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Old 03-05-2011, 12:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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(Taken from JAL Retires Last Of Its 112 Boeing 747s | AVIATION WEEK)
"Japan Airlines, once the largest operator of the Boeing 747, has retired the aircraft entirely from its fleet. Symbolizing the carrier’s downsizing amid bankruptcy protection, the 747 has left Japan Airlines’ service to be replaced with smaller aircraft. The last two services by the type were flown on March 1, arriving at Tokyo from Honolulu and Okinawa.

Japan Airlines has operated 112 747s since taking delivery of its first, a 747-100, in 1970. As recently as 2007 it still had 70 of the aircraft, making it by far the biggest 747 operator. At that time, it was already accelerating retirements of the type in favor of Boeing 777s and 767s."
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Anyone know the reg. no. of the final 747 JAL retired?
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Anyone know the reg. no. of the final 747 JAL retired?
JA8084 (However this is the domestic version). I'm not sure what the final one would be.

JAL B747-446D Last Flight (JA8084) — Trip Reports Forum | Airliners.net

Randy I know you will find this post on airliners.net quite emotional




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That's sad i hope they fly for a new airline!
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Wow, it really saddens me to see the JAL 747s leaving the fleet. Even sadder to see that they are getting rid of their livery (which I think looks wonderful) for something that is almost all white with those titles slapped and the crane - which is a beautiful graphic but seems to serve no purpose with such a livery design! At least I have the 1:200 version of JA8088 as a reminder of this beautiful aircraft. It will be missed!
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Thanks, LeFreakie. I was hoping there was a 200 scale model of it, but the only models of JA8084 are of a different scale when the aircraft was painted in a Disney livery.
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JAL is replacing the 744 by 777 in long haul services.
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Does this now leave BA as the largest operator of the 747 ?
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That's sad i hope they fly for a new airline!
I think I read somewhere that GE have taken one for engine testbed work ???


http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...x-testbed.html
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