The Boeing 747 – once dominant in the sky is slowly fading away. The latest airline to wave goodbye to the Boeing 747 is All Nippon Airways, who completed the final flights on its domestic routes.
It marks the end of Boeing 747-400s by a Japanese airline – and also the end of an era of the passenger heavy Boeing 747-400D aircraft.
These aircraft had a massive passenger load of 565 seats on a plane.
With the cost of operating a four engined aircraft, plus the ever present threat of the Shinkansen, it was inevitable that the Boeing 747-400D was going to be retired.
The Boeing 747-400D replacement is the Boeing 777-300 series – configured with 514 seats aboard (which makes some Airbus A380 operators look like they’re playing with empty space on their planes).
All Nippon Airways have a great tribute site – https://www.ana.co.jp/thanks_jumbo/index.html which is highly recommend for the fantastic images there.
If you still want to fly Boeing 747-400s (or Boeing 747-8i aircraft), there are still options… but not for very short haul legs now…