Last week, Fiji Airways retired its final Boeing 747-400 after a flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Nadi International Airport in Nadi, Fiji.
The airplane actually carried a Air Pacific livery, as that was the name of the airline until it re-branded recently. The new Fiji Airways operates a fleet of A330s and 737s. The much more efficient A330s have taken over the Los Angeles flying.
Len Sloper, regional general manager of airports for Fiji Airways, put together a nice dossier on this final 747. Here are some of the facts he shared:
Tail number: DQ-FJK
Delivered: Nov. 1, 1989 to Singapore Airlines
Other owners: Ansett Australia. Then delivered to Air Pacific/Fiji Airways in April 2003
Total flight hours: 93,487 as of Oct. 31, 2013.
Total cycles: 15,859, also as of Oct. 31.
Flights for Air Pacific/Fiji Airways: 6,350 flights, carrying 2,120,200 passengers
Flights between LAX & NAN: 1,040 times
Future plans: At the end of the month she will be flown from Nadi through LAX on to Tupelo, MS where she will be decommissioned and scrapped.