ANA’s jumbo jet makes final flight from Naha to Haneda

ANA's jumbo jet makes final flight from Naha to Haneda

ANA's Boeing 747 heads to the runway for its final flight to Haneda and is sent off by ground staff at Naha Airport at 12:58 p.m. on March 31.

March 31, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Boeing 747-400 – commonly known as “Jumbo-Jet” of All Nippon Airways (ANA) made its final flight on the morning of March 31. The retirement ceremony for the aircraft was held at the Naha Airport Domestic Terminal. The final flight, onto which 565 passengers were packed, departed to Haneda from Naha at past 1:20 p.m. This was the last domestic flight service for the aircraft . Many people came to give a fond farewell to the jumbo jets, which were a major boost to Okinawan tourism in its early years.

ANA introduced B747 aircraft in January 1979. In February of the same year, they operated the jumbo jets to Naha. The airline introduced the B747-400 to Okinawa in 1990. ANA has decided to ground their jumbo jets, citing old equipment and high fuel cost as the reason. B747s have operated 1.2 million flights and have carried 300 million passengers.

Yoshiyuki Uehara, the chairman of the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau of (OCVB) said in the ceremony, “B747s sparked Okinawan tourism in the beginning. We are thankful for their contribution to Okinawan tourism.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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