Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) EVA Airways, just one of Taiwan’s two main worldwide carriers, retired its very last Boeing 747-four hundred passenger aircraft, nicknamed the “Queen of the Skies” by aviation geeks, immediately after it carried 389 passengers from Hong Kong to Taipei on Monday.
Boeing 747-four hundred aircraft experienced served the airline as a passenger airplane for 25 several years, but EVA will continue to use it as a cargo airplane till 2019, when it will be replaced by the double-motor Boeing 777.
The decommissioned Boeing 747-four hundred passenger aircraft will be dismantled and sold, in accordance to the airline.
The Boeing 747-four hundred set the common for wide-overall body airliners when it was initial flown as a passenger aircraft by Northwest Airlines in February 1989.
EVA took supply of its initial 747-four hundred in November 1992 and place it into procedure on December twelve that year for the carrier’s initial flight from Taipei to Los Angeles.
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It launched the 4-motor aircraft because its style, performance and cabin ease and comfort have been top-quality to the options of other products at the time, the airline said.
Regarded for its stretched double-deck configuration, the jets also enabled EVA to lead the market in launching a fourth cabin class — economic system deluxe — offering passengers a level of services among company and economic system class at an very affordable value.
It was a apply afterwards adopted by lots of carriers.
More than the earlier 25 several years, EVA has operated a total of eighteen Boeing 747-400s — 7 as passenger aircraft, 3 as cargo aircraft and eight for twin use (Combi).
EVA now relies intensely on Boeing 777-300 ERs for very long-haul flights, and it plans to introduce the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the latter fifty percent of 2018, turning into the initial provider in Taiwan to run the model.
A farewell ceremony for the “Queen of the Skies” will be held on Thursday, and it will be reside-streamed on EVA’s Fb web page, the airline said.
In the meantime, China Airlines, Taiwan’s other main worldwide provider, said it will decommission two of its Boeing 747-four hundred aircraft this November.
(By Lee Hsin-Yin)