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Air France moves up the last Boeing 747-400 revenue flight

Air France (Paris) is moving up the planned Boeing 747-400 retirement date (subject to further changes). The last planned Boeing 747-400 revenue flight has been moved from March 26, 2016 to January 10, 2016 according to Airline Route. The last flight is currently flight AF439 departing from Mexico City on January 10, 2016 and arriving at Paris (CDG) the following day at 2:25 pm (1425).

 

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-428 F-GITE (msn 25601) arrives at Miami International Airport.

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Transaero unveils its Boeing 747-400 Siberian Tiger livery on EI-XLN in support of the Amur Tiger Center

Transaero 747-400 EI-XLN (15-Siberian Tiger)(Nose) VKO (Transaero)(LR)

Transaero Airlines (Moscow) has unveiled at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, the official presentation of the joint project with the Amur Tiger Center of the new “Siberian Tiger” livery on the pictured 447-seat Boeing 747-412 EI-XLN (msn 28029). The special color scheme is designed to “draw attention of the international and Russian public to the issues of environmental protection and conservation of rare and endangered species.”

The airline continued:

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The project, called “Striped Flight”, has acquired the characteristics and features of the tiger with the nose of the aircraft adorned in the image of the head of the Amur tiger.

According to surveys conducted in 2015, the Amur tiger population in Russia in the wild has stabilized at around 510-540 individuals.

In the coming decade, the fate of tigers and the whole natural complex will largely depend on the concerted action of the international community. The airline and the Amur Tiger Center have joined forces under the motto: “Let’s save nature together.”

In flight, Transaero passengers on “Striped flight” will be able to view the documentaries produced by the Center under the “Siberian Tiger” project.

The Amur Tiger Center, located in Moscow and Vladivostok, specializes in the protection of Siberian Tigers.

All photos by Transaero Airlines.

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A stowaway falls from a British Airways Boeing 747-400 on approach to London Heathrow, another survives

British Airways (London) and other authorities are investigating how two suspected stowaways were able to get on a British Airways Boeing 747-400 flight from Johannesburg to London (Heathrow) yesterday (June 18). One man fell to his death while the Jumbo was on approach to LHR, landing on the roof of a business on Kew Road in Richmond.

 

A second man, who was found hiding in the wheel well of the aircraft, has been hospitalized with injuries, the airline stated.

According to CNN, British Airways also stated it is working with authorities from both countries to get more details.

Johannesburg and London are about 6,000 miles apart. The flight, under freezing conditions in the wheel well, is nearly 12 hours in duration.

Read the full report from The Telegraph: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. British Airways Boeing 747-436 G-BNLP (msn 24058) approaches the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Avatar Airlines turns to crowdfunding for start-up capital

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Avatar Airlines (Boca Raton, Florida), as we previously reported, is a proposed new paper airline that wants to operate high-density Boeing 747-400s on “popular domestic routes with attractive low fares”. The new airline previously reported its had submitted an application to the DOT and the FAA for operating authority as an air carrier. A core component of its business plan to offer corporate sponsors the opportunity to advertise on the exteriors of the aircraft as well as in the interiors of the aircraft.

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Now according to USA Today, the proposed airline has turned to crowdfunding for capital funding in order to obtain a Part 121 AOC and start operations. The entity has a funding campaign target of $5 million.

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Above: Avatar is offering this shirt for every $50 donated to the start-up on their Facebook page.

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Virgin Atlantic plans to operate the last Boeing 747 flight from Heathrow in April 2016

Virgin Atlantic Airways (London) has tentatively scheduled the last Boeing 747-400 revenue flight for Heathrow Airport with an arrival on April 18, 2016 in London. According to Airline Route, the last planned flight is currently flight VS 006 departing Miami at 9:50 pm (2150) on April 17, 2016 and arriving the next day (April 18) at London (Heathrow) at 11:30 am (1130).

Virgin Atlantic has operated the Boeing Jumbo since its inception on June 22, 1984. The pictured ex-Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 747-287B G-VIRG (msn 21189) (above), named “Maiden Voyager”, operated the first Virgin Atlantic flight between London (Gatwick) and Newark.

Top Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-287B G-VIRG (msn 21189) holds short of the runway, ready for departure from Gatwick Airport. Click on the photo for the large view (note the humorous painted-on painter falling off the tail and dropping red paint on the fuselage).

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Bottom Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Virgin Atlantic added the first Boeing 747-400 on April 28, 1994 with the arrival of Boeing 747-4Q8 G-VFAB (msn 24958) “Lady Penelope”. Sister ship Boeing 747-4Q89 G-VBIG (msn 26255) arrives at London (Heathrow).

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Air France to downsize Boeing 747 operations to one route next winter, retirement coming in 2016

Air France (Paris) is downsizing the number of Boeing 747-400 (above) routes next winter to only one route; the Paris (CDG) – Mexico City route, starting on October 25, per Airline Route.

Air France has been a long-time operator of the Boeing 747 going back to the original 747-128 (below). The airline is planning to operate its last Boeing 747-400 revenue flight in 2016.

Above Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-128 F-BPVD (msn 19752) taxies to the gate at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on May 18, 1971. F-BPVD is painted in the original 1959 livery.

Top Copyright Photo: Gilbert Hechema/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 747-4B3 F-GEXB (msn 24155) approaches the runway at Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL).

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QANTAS signs over VH-OJA to HARS, it may be used for upcoming movies

QANTAS 747-400 VH-OJA lands for the last time (QANTAS)(LRW)

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) yesterday (March 14) signed over the paperwork of its first Boeing 747, 400, the pictured 747-438 VH-OJA (msn 24354), to the Historic Aviation Restoration Society (HARS), a week after it was flown to Illawarra Regional Airport for permanent display. The Jumbo may be used as a future movie set.

Top Photo: QANTAS Airways. VH-OJA touches down for the last time at Illawarra Regional Airport.

QANTAS issued this statement:

QANTAS on March 14 did a ceremonial sign-over of its historic 747 aircraft VH-OJA to the Historic Aviation Restoration Society, seven days after it touched down in spectacular fashion at Illawarra Regional Airport.

Gareth Evans, CEO of QANTAS International, together with the QANTAS pilots that delivered the aircraft, joined thousands of locals at the HARS Open Day to host tours of the historic 747 where it featured on display for the first time.

QANTAS 747-400 VH-OJA final crew (QANTAS)(LRW)

Above Photo: QANTAS Photo. The final flight crew of VH-OJA.

It is the only 747-400 type of aircraft to be on public display anywhere in the world and is already proving to be a popular tourist attraction for the region, with hundreds of locals wanting to get up close and personal with the “Queen of The Skies”.

While in retirement the aircraft is also set to begin a new career as a movie star.

QANTAS gets approached on a regular basis for access to its fleet for filming purposes which is challenging to facilitate with most of the aircraft in the air. Having a static 747 on display at HARS provides an opportunity to support filming requests.

Using the historic 747 as a film set, has the potential to bring a number of additional tourism benefits to the region including catering, accommodation and casting from the local area.

QANTAS will facilitate a location visit as early as next month for a scout to tour the HARS facility and OJA. The museum already attracts filming interest due to its vast collection of historic aircraft and the addition of the jumbo jet will provide even further opportunities.

Gareth Evans said: “It is terrific to see OJA at her new home at HARS. It’s clear this iconic Qantas aircraft is in very good company alongside their fantastic collection of historically significant aircraft.

“We are confident the team at HARS will preserve OJA with great care for future generations of Australians, whether here at HARS or up on the big screen.”

Below Photo: QANTAS Airways. The ceremonial hand over of the “keys” of VH-OJA.

QANTAS handover of the keys of VH-OJA (QANTAS)(LRW)

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