Qantas has organised three special flights so that
customers and employees can personally bid farewell to the much
loved Queen of the Skies ahead of its retirement from the
national carriers fleet.
The three one-hour farewell
jumbo joy flights will depart from Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane.
Qantas 747 Fleet Captain Owen Weaver said the 747
has a special place in the hearts of many Australians.
The 747 has been a magnificent aircraft and its
fitting that we celebrate the end of five decades of
history-making moments for the national carrier and aviation in
Australia, Captain Weaver said. Since the first 747 joined the
Qantas fleet in 1971, these aircraft have operated numerous rescue
flights to bring Australians home during times of crisis and
provided a safe passage for many travellers taking their first
international flight to or from Australia. These three flights
will offer the final opportunity to fly on the Qantas 747 before
it leaves, with some of our frequent flyers and aviation
enthusiasts as fond of the aircraft as we are, having spent
thousands of hours onboard over the years. There is an enormous
amount of nostalgia and affection associated with our 747 and for
those who miss out on a seat on the flight, they will at least be
able to catch a glimpse of the aircraft as it takes to Australian
skies for the last time.
The flights will go on sale at midday today (Wednesday,
8 July) on Qantas.com and will operate on Monday, 13 July (Sydney),
Wednesday, 15 July (Brisbane) and Friday, 17 July (Canberra).
Economy fares cost $400 and a small number of Business Class
tickets will be available for $747 with additional extras
Seats will be limited to maximise passenger
comfort and will operate with Fly Well protocols in place.
The flights will be operated on a cost-recovery
basis and profits will be donated to the HARS Aviation Museum at
Albion Park (Wollongong) and the Qantas Founders Museum in
Longreach to support their efforts to preserve and promote the 747
legacy for future generations. Both museums have a Qantas 747 on
The final 747-400 in the fleet will depart Sydney
at approximately 2pm on 22 July 2020 as flight QF7474.
Prior to its final departure on the 22nd July,
Qantas will also host a hangar farewell event for employees.