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Cathay Pacific’s Farewell 747 Flyover in Hong Kong

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Earlier this week, Cathay Pacific announced that its version of the Queen of the Skies would be making a final farewell flight, giving folks in Hong Kong a chance to see the 747 in Cathay livery one last time. Well, this morning, at 10:23am local time, B-HUJ took off from HKG, and at 10:30am the plane began its flyover at just 195 knots and 1,950 feet. You can “play” the flight on Flightradar24 here.


Cathay Pacific captured a video of the flyover, which you can see below.

Locals were able to snap some pretty fantastic photos as well — here’s one from Bloomberg photographer Justin Chin:

And some lucky Hong Kongers even managed to get on board:

While, sadly, this marks the end of Cathay Pacific’s 747, there’s no question that passengers will have a better in-flight experience flying the carrier’s newer planes, such as the Airbus A350. I’ve flown Cathay first on both the 747 and 777-300ER — the 777 seat was recently refreshed, and both products are nearly identical.

Unfortunately it can be much more difficult (though not impossible) to score multiple first-class awards on the 777, given that there are three fewer seats, but if you’re able to find availability there are some fantastic redemptions to be had.

Have you flown Cathay Pacific’s 747?

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