The latest Boeing 747-400 Cathay Pacific has been withdrawn from commercial service
On October 1, 2016, Cathay Pacific withdrew the last Boeing 747-400 from the fleet. After 37 years, the jumbo jet operated flight CX543 (Tokyo - Hong Kong). It was the farewell flight! The aircraft was piloted by John Graham, one of the experienced pilots at Cathay Pacific.
The passengers on the last flight were greeted with a glass of champagne and souvenirs, including a flight certificate, proving their presence on the flight CX543.
Bye Bye, Boeing 747-400 (B-HUJ) Cathay Pacific!
Boeing 747-400 (B-HUJ) Cathay Pacific is also famous for the July 6, 1998 flight, also called Polar 1. It was operated on the New York - Hong Kong route (Chek Lap Kok), flying over the North Pole. The distance of 13825 km was covered in 15 hours and 30 minutes.
Boeing 747-400 (B-HUJ) started operating on 14 May 1995, with the first flight. He flew in the Cathay Pacific fleet for 24 years. It was powered by 4 Rolls Royce RB211-524G / HT engines. It has been configured in 4 classes: 9 seats at First Calss, 46 seats at Business Class, 26 seats at Premium Economy and 278 seats at Economy.
The old Boeing 747-400 (B-HUJ) has given way to new generations of aircraft: Airbus A350-900 and Boeing 777-300ER, but also to future generations Boeing 777-9X and Airbus A350-1000.
Boeing 747 is a technological masterpiece, which has revolutionized the aviation industry worldwide. At the same time, it also changed the travel habits of passengers. For 35 years (1970-2005), Boeing 747 held the record for the largest passenger plane in the world, a record set by Airbus A380. Due to its size, it was also called Jumbo Jet.