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Japan Airlines Retires Entire Fleet of Boeing 747-400s

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JAL Group's last two Boeing 747-400s have made their final touchdown at Tokyo (Narita), closing a significant chapter of the airline's extensive use of the Boeing 747 aircraft that spans four decades.

JAL has been a long-time operator of the 747 and also once the owner of the most number of these four-engine jumbo jets. The first of a total of 112 Boeing 747s that JAL would come to own in the last 41 years, was a 747-100 delivered in 1970. JAL later incorporated other versions of the 747 Classics (-100, -200 and -300 series) into its fleet and finally received the 747-400 - differentiated from its preceding generations by its 2-man flight crew compared to the 3-man crew of the Classics, in 1990.

The group is downsizing its fleet and operating more small and medium aircraft such as Boeing 767, 777 and hopefully soon the highly-anticipated 787 Dreamliner, as well as regional jets like the Embraer 170, to improve efficiency and profitability.

With the final landing of the two flights, JAL has now completed the retirement of all of its 747-400 aircraft.

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