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Airlines bid farewell as jumbo 747 begins final approach

Airlines bid farewell as jumbo 747 begins final approach

Aviation
It’s been a long time in coming. Now it is here. It is the end of an era for the iconic Boeing 747 jet – ‘the queen of the skies’ – that airlifted about 500 passengers at a lift. The disruption of travel during the coronavirus pandemic and the heavy cost of its maintenance are compelling world airlines to pull the jumbo aircraft from commercial service. British Airways (BA) recently said it was retiring its entire fleet of Boeing 747 airplanes. With 31 of the planes, BA operates the world largest fleet of the plane type. Qantas of Australia lately accelerated plans to retire the fleet because of the coronavirus pandemic and has begun a series of farewell flights for the last of its 747s. The final 747 in that airline’s fleet will depart Sydney later this month, and be stored in t...