by on June 26, 2020

It is the end of the road for Qantas’ Boeing 747. The Queen of the Skies has been with the flag carrier of Australia since 1971. However, with much of the airline’s fleet remaining on the ground due to strict travel restrictions, it has decided that it is time to retire the icon. 

When the airline eventually emerges from this coronavirus-induced coma it will favour aircraft which carry fewer passengers and consume less fuel than the gas-guzzling four-engined jumbo, such as the Boeing 787-9 and the Airbus A330.  The airline, which has 29,000 employees people, will have 8,000 back at work by the end of July and 15,000 by the end of this year. By June 2022, that number should reach 21,000 as international flying resumes. The temporary surplus of 15,000 people will be "managed through a mix of stand-down, annual leave, and leave without pay," Quantas said. 


The 747 is not the only four-engine aircraft rocked by the restrictions. As part of Qantas’ COVID-19 recovery plan, the Airbus A380 will not fly for the carrier until at least 2023. The superjumbos will be heading to the Mojave desert in California for a sabbatical. 

Golden HIstory

The 747 has been a faithful partner to Qantas for nearly half a century. The firm’s inaugural 747-238B helped put Australia on the global commercial aviation spectrum. The lack of suitable long-haul aircraft often meant that the distant country was left out of the picture when it came to worldwide services.

However, the jumbo did wonders for Australia-based airlines and helped shape new industries in the nation. Over the decades, it helped transform the likes of Singapore and Hong Kong into key connecting hubs.

The airline confirmed that the retirement is happening early. So, the aircraft will not operate further regular Qantas passenger services.

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