China Airlines Retires Boeing 747 From Passenger Service

Editorial

After KLM, Virgin Atlantic, and British Airways among others, China Airlines is also saying goodbye to the Boeing 747 as a passenger aircraft. The Taiwanese airline has put its remaining four aircraft up for sale.

The four planes, including the last passenger version of the Boeing 747-400 ever built, have been grounded for months due to the coronavirus crisis.

China Airlines flew numerous Boeing 747-100s, 200s and -400s over the years, and was one of the few users of the Boeing 747SP. China Airlines was the only airline to ever paint a 747 in the SkyTeam livery.

The Boeing 747-400 will be succeeded on passenger flights by the Boeing 777-300ER and the Airbus A350-900. China Airlines will continue to fly with the cargo version of the Boeing 747-400 for the time being. The airline has eighteen of these in its fleet.

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