Goodbye to the Cathay 747

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The 747 has long been one of my favourite aircraft since my first flight was in 1971 from Hong Kong to Sydney, Australia with Pan Am. I celebrated my birthday on the flight with a cake.

Cathay Pacific flew their first 747 in 1979 and eventually owned 54 of the type.  Their 747s have carried over 160 million people across the globe!


Of my 96 Jumbo Jet flights, six have been on six Cathay 747 flights of them over that time (see below. NB The Hong Kong to Paris route was flown twice). I rate my Cathay 747 experience at 92%.

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Cathay Pacific still operates just three Boeing 747-400s between Hong Kong and the cities of Haneda, Narita and Taipei. Their very last 747 flight will be from Haneda to Hong Kong on October 1.

To commemorate the end of their “jumbo jet” flight operations, the airline has a contest running on its Facebook contest.

Customers are invited to submit texts, images or videos of their memories on board Boeing 747s on the Cathay Pacific Facebook page. Ten people will be chosen to join an aircraft tour of the 747 before its last flight.

There are reportedly just over 500 Boeing 747s left in active service. Most are 747-400s. British Airways has the largest with 38 in their fleet. I still have a lot of choices for a remaining 747 flight or four!



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