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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.
— Cathay Pacific (@cathaypacific) October 8, 2016
Locals were able to snap some pretty fantastic photos as well — here’s one from Bloomberg photographer Justin Chin:
— Justin Chin (@JustinChinPhoto) October 8, 2016
And some lucky Hong Kongers even managed to get on board:
— Suleman Siddiqui (@suleman201) October 8, 2016
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.
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