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:
Remember Anthony Toth? He’s the guy who created a replica of the interior of a Pan Am Boeing 747 inside a Los Angeles-area warehouse. From the outside, it’s completely fake. But the interior? It looks almost exactly like the real thing.
United Airlines is pulling its final regularly scheduled LAX Boeing 747 flight in March. Photo credit: Simon_sees on Flickr, via wikimedia commons.
Rarely does a single airplane type have as much of a following as the Boeing 747 – the original double-decker passenger jet first introduced in 1970.
Thus, there was some disappointment in the aviation world last week when reputable website airlineroute.net reported that United Airlines is planning to replace the 747 it now uses for flights from Los Angeles to Sydney with a Boeing 777. United has been flying a 747 on that route for as long as most people can remember, though the two-engine 777 is generally considered a more efficient airplane. It has considerably fewer seats.
There is some good news here, especially for passengers flying in economy class. United’s 747s still show only one movie at a time in coach. It 777s have personal video screens throughout, even in coach. The change is effective March 30, 2014, according to airlineroute.net
Sydney was United’s last regularly scheduled 747 flight from Los Angeles.
Then there was this guy, who authorities believe hid on another British Airways plane from North Africa in 2012. But just about the time of landing at Heathrow, he fell from the sky and onto a residential street.