Taiwanese flag carrier China Airlines is set to retire its remaining fleet of passenger B747-400s in the next few months, and has announced a special farewell event for the jumbo aircraft.

According to flightglobal.com aircraft registration B-18215 will operate a “flight to nowhere” on February 6, flying toward Mt Fuji in Japan before returning to Taipei.

China Airlines took delivery of its first B747-400 in 1990, and it is understood that aircraft B-18215 was the final B747-400 to be produced by Boeing.

The airline continues to operate B747-400 freighter aircraft, although in December it took delivery of the first of its B777F aircraft, which will replace the B747-400F in the long-term.

The Covid-19 pandemic led several carriers to accelerate the retirement of their B747 fleets in 2020, including:

Last summer Boeing also confirmed it would end production of the B747 in 2022, following the delivery of the final orders of freighter aircraft.