Another Airline Ends 747 Service to the US

May 7, 2019

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There’s one less airline flying to the United States with the Queen of the Skies. Starting December 4, Qantas will remove its Boeing 747 that operates the Sydney to San Francisco route and will replace it with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

This is currently the last 747 Qantas flies to the mainland US, after the airline replaced 747 service between Sydney and Los Angeles with Airbus A380 and 787 flights last December. While not published, Qantas has told TPG it will end 747 service from Sydney to Honolulu on August 29, 2019.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 15: Qantas 747 flyover seen before the start of the 2015 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.PHOTOGRAPH BY Chris Putnam / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Chris Putnam / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Qantas 747 flyover seen before the start of the 2015 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix on March 15, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Chris Putnam / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

“The 747 has been the backbone of our international fleet for more than 40 years, so it will be the end of an era and the start of another when we farewell the Queen of the Skies from flying to mainland America,” said Qantas International Acting CEO Naren Kumar.

Qantas says the the 787-9 will operate the daily flight between SFO and SYD and will complement the 4x weekly service between Melbourne and San Francisco. The aircraft features three cabins: with 42 seats in business, 28 seats in premium economy and 166 in coach.

It’s been more than one year since the last US airline, Delta, retired its 747. Qantas plans on ending 747 service on international routes by the end of 2020.

If you still want to fly the iconic jet before it clocks out, check out our guide on how to use miles to fly to fly the 747.

Featured image by Boeing746/Getty Images.

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