Australia’s most popular airline, Qantas bid farewell to its last remaining Boeing 747. And on that occasion, the last aircraft drew the airline’s iconic kangaroo logo through its flight path. By Amitha Ameen

 

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Australia’s national airline, Qantas Airways’ last Boeing 747 departed from Australia to begin its retirement in the Mojave Desert in the US but left a special and sweet message for everyone by tracing the airline’s iconic kangaroo logo in the sky.

Dubbed ‘Queen of Skies’ the airlines marked the end of an era as Flight QF7474 traced the kangaroo logo on its way out of Sydney Airport, as the national carrier’s last Boeing 747 jumbo jet. “This aircraft was well ahead of its time and extremely capable. Engineers and cabin crew loved working on them and pilots loved flying them. So did passengers. They have carved out a very special place in aviation history and I know they’ll be greatly missed by a lot of people, including me,” said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce in an official statement.

 

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The iconic 747’s are being replaced with the more fuel-efficient 787 Dreamliner and Airbus A350. According to the statement, the retirement was preponed by six months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 747’s are leaving a long line of legacy including being the first Business Class Cabin of any airline in the world. More recently, the 747’s brought back hundreds of stranded Australians from the COVID-19 epicentre of Wuhan, China in February this year.

Currently, Qantas has grounded most of its international flights at least until July 2021 due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Australian government.

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