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End of an era for Qantas Boeing 747

Written by Karlo Mudri.

Photo ©Qantas
Photo ©Qantas

After nearly 50 years of service, Australian national carrier Qantas retired its last Boeing 747, registered under VH-OEJ, on a special flight number QF7474. The plane took off from Sydney at 2pm local time and headed for Los Angeles, where it left its cargo and was then headed for its final resting place in the Mojave Desert. The era of the Boeing 747 in Qantas began in 1971 when Qantas took over the first 747-200. The arrival of that aircraft enabled millions of people to travel abroad.

From the Pope to pop stars, Qantas’ Boeing 747s have transported more than 250 million passengers worldwide in less than 50 years of service, the equivalent of 4,500 return trips to the moon and back.
It is also worth mentioning that in the 1989, Qantas' Boeing 747-400 set the world record for the longest flight from London to Sydney without stopping by an incredible 18,001km!