China Airlines announces Boeing 747-400 farewell flight

Taipei,  China Airlines (CAL), one of Taiwan’s major carriers, announced on Monday the final passenger flight of its Boeing 747-400 jet before the company retires its four remaining planes of the iconic model during the first quarter.

Dubbed the “Farewell Party for the Queen of the Sky,” the carrier said it will offer a package on Feb. 6 that will include the final commercial flight of its B-18215 jet, the last of the passenger model to come off Boeing’s production line. It was delivered in April 2005.

The nearly half-day package will begin with check-in for flight CI-2747 at 7:47 a.m. at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport’s Terminal 2, followed by a series of special events planned at the departure gate, the company said.

In partnership with the Taiwan office of Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture, the flight is scheduled to depart from Taoyuan at 11:30 a.m. and fly over Mount Fuji, part of which is in the Japanese prefecture, for an aerial viewing before turning back to Taiwan, according to the carrier.

Apart from the flight of 5 hours and 40 minutes, the 350 passengers who purchase the package, which will become available through online travel service KKday from Wednesday, will be given a gift bag prepared by CAL and the Japanese prefecture, the company said.

While the carrier will retire its passenger model, the first of which was delivered in 1975, the company still has a cargo fleet of 18 Boeing 747-400 freighters, as well as a newly delivered 777F.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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