Fiji Airways retires its final 747; we’ve got facts and figures on this plane’s life

Fiji Airways -- formerly called Air Pacific -- retired its final 747 this month after a flight from Los Angeles. Photo via wikimedia commons.

Fiji Airways — formerly called Air Pacific — retired its final 747 this month after a flight from Los Angeles. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

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.

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  • mavcable

    She was ferried to the Universal Asset Management folks at Tupelo on November 20, and there have already been pics posted to Facebook of her final landing at KTUP:

    http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DQFJK

    • Brian Sumers

      Very cool. Thanks so much for sharing!