For some, an end of an era occurred this week when United Airlines flew their Boeing 747 for the last time.
With Delta Air Lines fast behind them in withdrawing the type… who is left flying the type in passenger service?
Well there’s good news – or bad depending how you see it – with 194 Boeing 747 passenger aircraft left in the sky.
FlighGlobal has a lovely list here:
— Max Kingsley-Jones (@MaxK_J) November 9, 2017
But let’s split this down by the Major Alliances (for those of you who want to redeem points on the Queen of the Skies). Because for some, spending points aboard this type of plane could be a good experience (unless you’re in Economy Class – then your mileage will vary).
One of the larger operators of the type, flying both Boeing 747-400 (13 aircraft) and 747-8 (19 aircraft).
Expect to see them in the air for some to come.
Air China operate a fleet of 12 Boeing 747s, split between six 747-400s and six 747-8i aircraft.
Thai Airways International
Thai Airways and its wonderful ever-changing “where are they deploying their fleet this week” operate 10 Boeing 747-400 aircraft in their fleet.
British Airways – currently the biggest passenger operator of the type have 36 Boeing 747-400 in their long haul fleet (and pretty much the backbone of it for some years to come).
The Spirit of Australia flies ten Boeing 747s, split between the 747-400 (with four aircraft) and the rarer 747-400ER (making up the other six).
We’ll start with Royal Dutch Airlines, who operate a fleet of 14 Boeing 747-400 aircraft, with 11 of those being the Combi Passenger/Freighter type aircraft.
Another operator of new and old, who have ten Boeing 747-8i aircraft, and four more of the classic Boeing 747-400 aircraft.
Saudi have a significant number in their fleet – with seven Boeing 747s in their fleet.
And the others
(I could lump Virgin Atlantic under SkyTeam, but some might disagree with that assessment). Virgin Atlantic have 8 Boeing 747 aircraft in their fleet.
And finally – the Russian Airline Rossiya who have a total of nine Boeing 747-400 aircraft. Just be careful which one you fly. They’ve got different three different seat maps.
Whilst the Boeing 747 may be a memory for US-based carriers, there are still plenty of opportunities over the next few years to log mileage on the queen of the skies.
And there’s plenty of chances to redeem your hard-earned miles or points, or spend actual hard cash on flying the Boeing 747.
Although like most redemptions – you may want to redeem in premium classes to enjoy the queen of the sky, rather than in economy class.
There’s life yet – and there will be some to come. But time for the 747-400 type will come soon, and the 747-8i aircraft – whilst new today, will be adding age each time they fly…
Inspiration for this post – Max Kingsley-Jones Tweet.
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