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)