Within the next few months, China Airlines will join some of its aviation counterparts in retiring the last of its Boeing 747s.
The Taipei-based airline will retire the last 747-400 on February 6 with a special farewell flight.
According to the airline, it will operate the special flight – CI2747 – for a flight departing Taipei and fly towards Mount Fuji in Japan before returning back to Taipei. The flight will depart Taipei-Taoyuan around 1130H local time for a scheduled trip duration of 5 hours and 40 minutes.
Tickets are being sold through its website , with three fare-classes available: First floor Business for TWD 9747 (~USD $348), Second floor Business for TWD 10747 (~USD $383), and Economy for TWD 7470 (~USD $267).
The aircraft to be used will be a Boeing 747-400 with registration B-18215 which was the last of the aircraft type to be delivered to China Airlines in April 2005. It was also the last passenger model of the 747-400 to be built by Boeing.
First introduced to the airline's fleet in 1975, China Airlines has flown the 747 for 46 years. While it will end the passenger variant's time of service with the carrier, it will continue operating its fleet of Boeing 747 freighters.
In a release, the airline stated: “For more than half a century, the 747 has been one of the most important aircraft types in history. Many China Airlines travelers have fond memories of flying aboard the 747 and the unique placement of its Business Class on the upper deck (2F) was popular with travelers as well.”
The four remaining passenger 747-400s with the airline are being progressively retired and no longer flown on regular routes. For long-haul flights, the airline is relying more on fuel efficient Airbus A350 and Boeing 777-300ER jets.