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Want to fly on a Boeing 747-400? – Hurry up, your options are narrowing

Large wide body airliners (like the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747) have been hard to fill for airlines since the COVID-19 pandemic exploded around the world this spring. Many airlines have parked their Jumbos and some have moved up the planned retirement dates of the Boeing 747-400.

If you want to fly on the passenger type you better hurry. Other than governments and cargo operators, finding a passenger Boeing 747-400 flight is a challenge right now.

Some aircraft in storage will probably become active again when the passenger demand dictates the use of large wide body aircraft again. If the demand does not come back quickly it will probably mean the end of those aircraft in storage.

Above Photos: Boeing.

Below is the current situation based on the latest information for passenger airlines (corrections and additions are always welcome) (subject to change depending on returning traffic):

Air Atlanta Icelandic – The charter and ACMI specialist airline has five passenger 747-400s. Three are currently stored and two are operating on ACMI assignments.

Air Atlanta Icelandic Boeing 747-412 TF-AMI (msn 27066) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 928104.

Above Copyright Photo: Air Atlanta Icelandic Boeing 747-412 TF-AMI (msn 27066) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 928104.

Air China – Two 747-400s are operational (B-2445 and B-2447) but they stay mostly in China these days. Another aircraft (B-2472) is operated for the government. Air China also continues to operate the newer 747-800.

2 operational (B-2445 and B-2447) + 1 VIP (B-2472)

Above Copyright Photo: Air China Boeing 747-4J6 B-2445 (msn 25882) JFK (Ken Petersen). Image: 902765.

Asiana Airlines – Only one 747-400 passenger aircraft (HL7428) is active these days so the type is probably ready to be retired this year.

Passenger version being retired by Asiana, down to one aircraft (HL7428)

Above Copyright Photo: Asiana Airlines Boeing 747-48E HL7428 (msn 28552) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 910887.

Atlas Air – The charter and ACMI specialist airline currently has three active passenger 747-400s (N464MC, N465MC and N480MC). Assuming charter demand continues this airline could be one of the last passenger operators.

Atlas Air Boeing 747-446 N465MC (msn 24784) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 921869.

Above Copyright Photo: Atlas Air Boeing 747-446 N465MC (msn 24784) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 921869.

British Airways – The former largest 747-400 passenger operator has stored all 28 aircraft pending a return of passenger demand. For now, G-CIVO operated the last revenue flight (BA9116 LOS-LHR) on May 11, 2020.

British Airways Boeing 747-436 (Tails) LHR (Dave Glendinning). Image: 908409.

Above Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 747-436 (Tails) LHR (Dave Glendinning). Image: 908409.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines – As previously reported, PH-BFT operated the last regular revenue flight (KL686 MEX-AMS) on March 29, 2020. However the Jumbo was brought out of retirement to operate special medical cargo flights (along with PH-BFV and PH-BFW) during the pandemic. All 3 are expected to be re-retired again this year.

Type Retired: March 29, 2020 (flight KL686 MEX-AMS with PH-BFT)

Above Copyright Photo: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-406 PH-BFT (msn 28459) (100 Years) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 949485.

Lufthansa – The company was originally planning to retire the 747-400 fleet in 2025. That all changed with the pandemic. All 8 that remain operational are now in storage pending a return of passenger demand. D-ABVX operated the last 747-400 passenger revenue flight (LH637 RUH-FRA) on May 8, 2020.

8 stored. For now last revenue flight: May 8, 2020: LH637 RUH-FRA with D-ABVX.

Above Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Boeing 747-430 D-ABTK (msn 29871) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 938088.

Rossiya Russian Airlines – The Russian carrier parked all nine of its Boeing 747-400s. EI-XLF operated the last revenue flight (FV5876 HKT-SVO) on March 29, 2020.

Rossiya Airlines Boeing 747-446 EI-XLF (msn 27645) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 943781.

Above Copyright Photo: Rossiya Airlines Boeing 747-446 EI-XLF (msn 27645) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 943781.

Wamos Air – The Spanish carrier has four active Boeing 747-400s. The carrier is planning to operate the type until 2023 but this could change with lower demand.

Wamos Air Boeing 747-412 EC-KSM (msn 27178) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 937680.

Above Copyright Photo: Wamos Air Boeing 747-412 EC-KSM (msn 27178) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 937680.

Boeing 747-400 Photo Gallery.

Recent 747-400 fleet retirements:

Air India – Four 747-400s are parked and not likely to return. VT-ESO operated the last revenue flight (AI966 HYD-BOM) on March 15, 2020.

China Airlines – Four passenger 747-400s are in storage and are not likely to return. B-18215 operated the last revenue flight (CI916 HKG-TPE) on March 15, 2020.

Corsair International – The French carrier parked its three passenger Boeing 747-400s in March and they are not likely to return. F-GTUI operated the last revenue flight (S5 927 PTP-ORY) on March 26, 2020,

El Al Israel Airlines – 4X-ELC operated the last passenger 747-400 revenue flight (LY1747 FCO-TLV) on November 3, 2019.

Iraqi Airways – The last passenger Boeing 747-400 (YI-ASA) operated the last revenue flight (IA3114, MED-BGW) on February 2, 2020.

Korean Air – HL7402 operated the last 747-400 passenger revenue flight (KE630 DPS-ICN) on February 29, 2020. Korean Air continues to operate the newer 747-800.

Mahan Air – The Iranian airline was recently again operating EP-MNB (February 2020) but it appears to be no longer flying, probably due to the embargo.

QANTAS Airways – The flag carrier decided to early retire the type due to a much lower demand. VH-OEE operated the last revenue flight (QF28 SCL-SYD) on March 29, 2020.

Thai Airways International – The flag carrier is in reorganization and is cutting costs and reducing aircraft types. HS-TGA operated the last 747-400 revenue flight (TG476 SYD-BKK) on March 26, 2020.

Virgin Atlantic Airways – G-VROS operated the last revenue flight (VS608 LAX-LHR) on March 31, 2020.

Poll. Who do you think will be the last Boeing 747-400 passenger airline operator?

Lion Air honors its last Boeing 747-400 as one era ends and a new Airbus A330neo era begins

Lion Air made this announcement:

Lion Air, member of Lion Air Group, honored the milestone of 19 years of flight operations and recognized the end of Boeing 747-400 operations with the registration of PK-LHG.

First operated on April 23, 2009 by Lion Air, the last Boeing 747-400 had a capacity of 12 business class seats and 492 economy classes.

Lion Air is very proud to have operated the “Queen of the Skies” for 10 years to serve its domestic (Indonesia) market such as Soekarno-Hatta Tangerang, Medan Kualanamu, Batam, Surabaya, Denpasar and Makassar, as well as international destinations to Jeddah and Madinah, in Saudi Arabia.

Therefore, Lion Air gives the highest appreciation for the end of the Boeing 747-400 operations through a special event that raised the theme of the last moment and prepared to welcome the new aircraft “Last Moment of Boeing 747-400 and Welcoming Airbus A330-900neo”.

The Airbus A330-900neo wide-body aircraft will be delivered in stages according to schedule and the first is planned to arrive in Indonesia in May 2019. This year, Lion Air will receive two aircraft.

Lion Air in 2018 has ordered ten (10) Airbus A330-900neo aircraft and has the option of obtaining four similar aircraft. The ten planes are scheduled for delivery to Lion Air Group in 2019 and 2020.

The operation of Airbus A330neo will provide added value to customers with the presence of direct flying, including nonstop Umrah flights (Middle East) from Makassar; South Sulawesi to Medina; Balikpapan, East Borneo Kalimantan to Jeddah; Surabaya, East Java to Madinah; Solo; Central Java to Jeddah.

Moreover, Lion Air is preparing to expand its tourism market to South Asia, including India.

Editor’s Note: The pictured Boeing 747-412 PK-LHG last flew on December 2, 2018 as flight LNI 111 between Jeddah and Jakarta (CGK). It has been in storage since them.

Top Photos: Lion Air.

Lion Air aircraft slide show:

Bottom Copyright Photo: Sister ship Boeing 747-412 PK-LHF was previously retired in January 2016. Lion Air (PT Lion Mentari Airlines) Boeing 747-412 PK-LHF (msn 24063) CGK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 946064.

Type Retired: December 2, 2018 (LNI 111 Jeddah-Jakarta with PK-LHG)

El Al Israel Airlines reports its financial results for 2018 and fourth quarter 2018, Boeing 747-400s to be retired

El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 747-412 4X-ELE (msn 26551) LHR (SPA). Image: 944783.

El Al Israel Airlines issued this reported today:

  • Despite the increased competition at Ben Gurion Airport, the Company’s (TASE: ELAL) revenues from passenger increased by approx. USD $54 million.
  • However, in view of the increase in fuel prices, the Company lost approximately USD $52 million in 2018.
  • The Company’s revenues for 2018 amounted to approx. USD $2,142 million compared to approx. USD $2,097 million last year (reflecting an increase of USD $45 million).
  • The Company’s revenues for the fourth quarter of 2018 amounted to approx. $493 million compared to approx. USD $512 million for the fourth quarter of 2017 (reflecting a decrease of USD $19 million).
  • The Company recorded a loss before tax of approx. USD $68 million and a net loss of approx. USD $52 million for 2018 (compared to a profit before tax of USD $9 million and a net profit of USD $6 million for 2017, respectively).
  • The Company recorded a loss before tax of USD $41 million and a net loss of USD $32 million for the fourth quarter of 2018 (compared to a loss before tax of USD $38 million and a net loss of USD $30 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, respectively).

Gonen Usishkin, El Al’s CEO:

“Following the continued implementation of the Open Sky policy, in 2018 the competition at Ben Gurion Airport intensified, with an emphasis on European and Far East airlines. The number of passengers passing through Ben Gurion Airport grew from 20.2 million to 22.3 million. Particularly conspicuous is the Government’s decision to allow Air India to fly over Saudi Arabia using a short route, whereas the Company is not allowed to fly this route, thereby eroding the Company’s profitability from this route.

Notwithstanding the competition, the Company maintained a Load Factor of 84% and increased its revenues from passengers by USD 54 million. This year, a number of factors were joined together, in particular an approx. 30% increase in fuel prices (reflecting an expenditure increase of USD $97 million), which caused the said loss.

Upon completion of replacing the 767 and 747 aircrafts with the Dreamliners, the Company will be able to realize its operational efficiency potential (pilot expenses, saving fuel consumption and maintenance expenses) and significantly contribute to improve the product and upgrade the customer experience, alongside other steps taken by the Company.

Despite the results, the Company is in the process of implementing its business plan, and this is the place to thank all the Company’s employees who make effort to return El Al to profitability, improve all operational parameters and provide excellent service to its customers.”

In order to improve its business results, the Company established a strategic plan focusing on four core areas of operations:

The Company’s activities to improve the product and customer experience

The Company is going through a strategic process of improving customer experience and, for this purpose, invests considerable resources in most areas of operations, by means of the following activities:

  • Receiving five 787-9 Dreamliners. As of today, the Company operates eight 787-9 aircrafts.
  • Closing the 767 aircraft fleet, having been in the Company’s service for 36 years.
  • Launching a fast WI-FI system. Currently, the Company operates 18 airplanes with an internet system.
  • Recruiting the Michelin Star chef, Shahaf Shabtai, to act as the Company’s chef. Chef Shabtai devised a new high quality menu dedicated to El Al.

The Company’s activities in the commercial area

The Company continues to develop a route network adapted to the Israeli passenger and offers new products to the market, as follows:

  • Launching the route to Lisbon, adding activities on selected routes (such as Newark) and refreshing SunDor route network (both routine and seasonal activity).
  • Expanding the route network through new codeshare agreements with Vietnam Airlines and LOT (in early 2019) and expanding agreements with other airlines.
  • Launching price categories adapted to passengers flying to Europe, the Far East and Africa.
  • Extending the Branded Credit Card (FlyCard) Cooperation Agreement entered into with CAL, Diners and Poalim Express, and adding a new strategic partner – Mastercard.

The Company’s activities in the operational area

The Company is acting to strengthen its competitiveness through streamlining alongside improving operational excellence:

  • In 2018, the Company launched the “Ofek 2021” Program, aiming to enhance income resources while improving and streamlining operational processes within the Company.
  • The Company is in a multi-year process of replacing several operational and commercial IT systems, and this year successfully completed the implementation of a passenger revenue management system, automated marketing system and payroll system.
  • The Company has successfully implemented the new Flight Time Limitation regulations (FTL).

The Company’s Activities relating to people and processes

Investing in the Company’s personnel and the community contributes to the stability of the organization and forms a strategic basis for improving customer experience:

  • Stabilizing labor relations following the agreement entered into with the Company’s pilots, enabling operational efficiency and flexibility vis-à-vis pilots’ lifestyle, as well as optimal planning for aircrew personnel.
  • El Al takes particular pride in its PL+ rating assigned to it by “Ma’ala”, following an extensive activity for the community, inter alia, by raising money on flights for the benefit of “ALUT ALE” organization, adopting the Paratroopers Battalion 202, volunteering activities for the benefit of the IDF Disabled Veterans Organization, “Krembo Wings”, children with cancer, holocaust survivors, children communities across Israel, and more.

Focus in 2019 onwards

The Company has reported in the past a number of initiatives to enhance income and reduce expenses, along with actions intended to improve operational excellence:

  • Receipt of six additional 787 aircrafts (a total of 14 aircrafts by the end of 2019) to significantly improve the product and customer experience. The Company expects that by the end of 2019, the average age of the aircraft fleet will decrease for the first time below 10 years.
  • Closing the 747-400 aircraft fleet.
  • Additional expansion of the route network; by adding new routes to San Francisco, Las Vegas, Manchester and Niece, alongside expansion of existing routes.
  • Preparations for opening a route to Chicago in 2020.
  • Expansion of cargo transport in the belly of the 787 aircrafts.
  • A full-fleet interior renovation of the 737-800 aircraft fleet, including replacement of seats, improvement of luggage storage areas and replacement of interior lighting.
  • Start a project of renewal interior renovation of 777-200ER aircraft fleet, including replacement of seats, entertainment system, installation of WI-FI system and renovation of the overall appearance of the aircraft cabin.
  • Update to the Frequent Flyer Club program and upgrade of internet and mobile digital platforms.
  • Modification of the model of compensation to travel agents.
  • Expansion of activities under the “Ofek 2021” program, inter alia, the chain of logistics, maintenance array and passenger service.
  • Implementation of the collaboration agreement with CAL, Diners, Poalim Express and Mastercard.

Top Copyright Photo: The last Boeing 747-400 is due to be retired by late 2019. El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 747-412 4X-ELE (msn 26551) LHR (SPA). Image: 944783.

El Al aircraft slide show:

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Rossiya Airlines resurrects Transaero’s “Siberian Tiger” nose on EI-XLD

Transaero's Siberian Tiger color scheme

Transaero Airlines in June 2015 unveiled at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, the official presentation of the joint project with the Amur Tiger Center of a new “Siberian Tiger” livery on the pictured 447-seat Boeing 747-412 EI-XLN (msn 28029). The special color scheme was designed to “draw attention of the international and the Russian public to the issues of environmental protection and conservation of rare and endangered species.”

The airline continued;

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.

However, as previously reported, Transaero ended ended all operations at midnight on October 25, 2015 after losing its AOC.

Rossiya Airlines, a subsidiary of Aeroflot, has taken over the Boeing 747-400s formerly operated by Transaero. The carrier has decided to carry on the “Siberian Tiger” campaign on this Boeing 747 (below).

Top Copyright Photo: Transaero Airlines Boeing 747-412 EI-XLN (msn 28029) (Siberian Tiger) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 929397.

Transaero:

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Rossiya:

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Rossiya Russian Airlines Boeing 747-446 EI-XLD (msn 26360) (Siberian Tiger) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936198.

Resurrecting Transaero's "Siberian Tiger" nose on EI-XLD