Air France retires last Boeing 747

Airline retires long-haul fleet after more than four decades of service

Air France's last scheduled B747-400 flight took place on 11 January
Air France’s last scheduled B747-400 flight took place on 11 January

Air France will retire its last remaining Boeing 747 aircraft this week, after more than four decades of service.

The final B747 flight took place on 11 January, flying between Mexico City and Paris.

But the airline will also organise two special flights this week to commemorate the popular long-haul aircraft. On 14 January, Air France will fly its last B747 on two pleasure flights over France’s major landmarks.

Flights AF744 and AF747 will take off from Paris Charles de Gaulle at 0900 and 1130, with passengers being served a business class lunch and champagne during the flight over France.

And then on 16 and 17 January, Air France will organise special visits to the Air & Space Museum at Le Bourget, providing a one-hour tour of the aircraft, including a view of the cockpit.

Air France passengers can also relive the 40-year history of the B747 via a series available on the Air France YouTube channel.

Air France’s first B747 launched in June 1970 on the Paris-New York route. The airline has since operated a total of 52 B747s, but has decided against ordering the new B747-8 version, instead favouring the B777 and Airbus A380.

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