Japan retires the 747 and reveals a new livery

JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 747-446 JA8087 (msn 26346) NRT (Michael B. Ing)Japan Airlines has retired its Boeing 747 fleet after continuously flying the type since 1970.

The final flight was from Honolulu to Okinawa on Tuesday 1st March 2011, with a 747-400 model. The airline has operated all models of the 747 except the SP and -8i in the 41 years of service.

All Nippon Airways are also retiring the type, having removed their international models of the 747-400. They will continue to fly the -400D model on domestic routes until next year.

However, whilst Japan Airlines’ Boeing 787 made its first flight recently in Seattle, the airline has also revealed a new colourscheme which harks back to the scheme of the late 1980s and 90s. It reintroduces the famous ‘crane’ logo on the tail, and a similar typeface to the Japan Air Lines name on otherwise white fuselage.

You can view pictures of the new livery here at AirlineReporter.com

Photo credit: JAL-Japan Airlines Boeing 747-446 JA8087 (msn 26346) NRT (Michael B. Ing)

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