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Asiana to Retire Last 747 in March

by Matt Falcus
Photo (c) Alan Wilson

Asiana Airlines is to retire its last Boeing 747-400 from passenger servce in March, bringing the number of airlines still flying the type to a new low.

At present, Asiana is only flying one 747 aircraft in passenger duties. It is HL7428, which has flown with the airline since new in 1998.

Now, with a merger with Korean Air looming and newer, more efficient types taking the reigns, Asiana is set to retire the 747.


Asiana Final 747 Flights

To mark the end of this era for the airline, Asiana is offering special rates for passengers who want to fly on the Boeing 747 one last time.

The aircraft will be operating exclusively (subject to operational demands) on the OZ711/712 route between Seoul Incheon and Taipei Taoyun from 1-23 March, before operating a final return trip on 25 March.

Passengers can enjoy a 30% discount on tickets when booked through the airline.

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What About Asiana Cargo 747s?

The recent announcement of the approval of the merger between Asiana Airlines and Korean Air requires the sale of Asiana Airlines Cargo and its assets, which include a number of Boeing 747 freighters.

Once this is complete, Asiana will no longer operate any 747s.


Which Airlines Still Fly the 747-400?

Few airlines are still flying the Boeing 747-400 on passenger services, with Air China and Lufthansa offering scheduled services.

Other carriers like Air Atlanta Icelandic, Atlas Air, Mahan Air and Iraqi Airways also fly passenger variants, but these are usually only flown on charter services.



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