Qantas prepares for Boeing 747 'Queen of the skies' retirements 

Qantas prepares for Boeing 747 ‘Queen of the skies’ retirements 

Qantas has begun the process of retiring its five remaining 747-400 jumbo aircraft, as the carrier prepares to take delivery of its fleet of new 787s.

The first 747 a -200 series was delivered back in 1971 and the current 747-400 fleet which was re-fitted to improve passenger comfort was first delivered in 1989. The average age of the remaining aircraft is around 15 years with most being delivered in 1999-2003.

The airline said that parts have started to arrive in Seattle for its first Dreamliner aircraft, with delivery set to be ready ‘in a couple of months’. Qantas has eight 787-9s on order, and ‘to make room’ the carrier is retiring five of its 747-400 jumbos, starting with VH-OJM this week.

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