Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) formally retired its Boeing 747 aircraft, marking a key milestone in the type’s gradual disappearance from the world’s airliner fleet.
The widebody, which was a domestic variant of the 747-400, operated its last flight, Flight 126, on the Tokyo Haneda-Okinawa route, says an ANA spokesman. The particular aircraft bears the registration JA8961.
The retirement marks the end of passenger service for the quad-jet 747 jumbo in Japan, where the type was once widely used by both ANA and its competitor Japan Airlines, one of the 747’s first customers.
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