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Sun, 21 March 2021

China Airlines Bids Farewell to Boeing 747 with Special Last Flight

(21 Mar 2021) Aircraft no. B-18215, the last 747 delivered to China Airlines by Boeing in April 2005, flew the carrier's last passenger-carrying flight on Saturday, as the Taiwan-based airline retires the much-loved Queen of the Skies from service.

The special flight generated huge interest, and within 5 minutes of going on sale all the tickets had been sold.

Check-in for CI-2747 began at 07:47 and was followed by an exclusive ground-side itinerary at Gate D6, Terminal 2 of Taoyuan International Airport. This included a tour of each cabin class aboard the 747 passenger aircraft as well as a super-sized capsule vending machine for 747 peripherals. A one-of-a-kind 747 photo booth was also set up on the day to fulfill the wishes of travelers kept from international travel for so long.

China Airlines Boeing 747-400 reg: B-18215. Click to enlarge.

The flight departed from Taoyuan Airport at 11:30 and flew to Japan, circling around Mt. Fuji before returning home. The flight lasted around 5 hours and 40 minutes, and arrived back at Taoyuan Airport at 17:10.

China Airlines prepared 747 surprise packs stuffed with goodies for the passengers. These included a commemorative flight certificate, a limited-edition Farewell Party model aircraft, embossed face mask, tail-fin keyring, canvas bag, flight safety pack, and navy blue China Airlines amenities kit. Passengers also had the chance to win exclusive gifts such as a Mt. Fuji glass and 747 liveried aircraft model.

First class services were recreated for this micro-trip. Teriyaki eel rice and Grilled beef tenderloin with port wine sauce for example were presented course by course in the traditional manner. The classic Plum Blossom porcelain and vintage Pol Roger champagne all served to highlight the 5-star experience of First Class on the 747; Business Class was served with Kabayaki eel rice in Shokato style and Roasted chicken with baked cheese pasta; the Economy Class menu featured Sakura shrimp with fried noodles and Chicken with Japanese fried egg.

For dessert, there was 747 Queen of the Skies cupcakes and aircraft-shaped cookies from a secret menu. Passengers were able to enjoy a variety of different Japanese cuisine aboard the flight.

The first 747-400 in Asia was introduced by China Airlines and the fleet has served to link Taiwan with North America, Europe, and Australia for the past 30 years. During this time, they carried nearly 100 million passengers and were the mainstay of China Airlines high-capacity and long-range routes.

In 1993, China Airlines used the 747-400 to launch the Taipei (TPE Airport) to New York (JFK Airport) service, the longest direct route in the world at the time; the all-new Plum Blossom corporate logo that China Airlines introduced in 1995 also made its first appearance on the 747-400. It is the only aircraft to have featured three generations of the corporate logo.

In 2003, it carried out a Lunar New Year charter flight that passed through Hong Kong airspace to land directly in China for the first time. This was the first Taiwanese cross-strait flight to land at Shanghai-Pudong airport in 54 years.

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