All Nippon Airways (ANA) drops Boeing 747-400D aircraft from March 31 2014
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All Nippon Airways (ANA) is one of the few airlines that have enjoyed the services of the model Boeing 747-400D (Domestic). It was specially designed for short flights, but with high transport capacity. A Boeing 747-400D aircraft can carry up to 568 passengers in a two-class configuration and up to 660 passengers in one class.
Boeing 747-400D it can be differentiated from other similar models in the 747-400 family by the lack of wing extensions and by a larger number of windows on the upper deck. This allows an additional number of seats, in the rear area of the upper deck, instead of the kitchen we encounter on standard 747-400 airplanes dedicated to long and very long flights.
Boeing has manufactured 19 747-400D models, aircraft specially dedicated to traffic in Japan. 8 of them were operated by JAL - Japan Airlines. All Nippon Airways (ANA) took possession of the first Boeing 747 on October 10, 1991, and the last unit was delivered in December 1995. ANA currently operates 4 more 747-400D aircraft, but will phase out by March 31. 2014.
Boeing B747-481D (NOTHING) is the last aircraft to leave the ANA fleet. On March 31, 2014, B747-481D (JA8961) will operate the last flight on the route Okinawa / Naha (OKA / ROAH) - Tokyo / Haneda (HND / RJTT). Before retiring in glory, the Boeing B747-481D (JA8961) will also fly on March 30, 2014 to Fukuoka (FUK / RJFF) and Sapporo / New Chitose (CTS / RJCC).
In January 2014, Boeing 747-481D JA8966 was withdrawn.
With the abandonment of Boeing 747-400D aircraft, ANA concludes an interesting chapter in its history because it will no longer operate B747 aircraft.