JAL retires entire fleet of B747-400s

1 Mar 2011

Japan Airlines (JAL) has officially retired its entire fleet of Boeing B747-400s, with the last two flights using this aircraft on the Honolulu and Okinawa services to Tokyo today.

The carrier has increasingly relied on smaller, aircraft such as B767s, B777s and eventually, the B787 Dreamliner, all of which are more fuel-efficient and will thus cut fuel consumption costs.

JAL first acquired the four-engine aircraft in 1970, growing the fleet to a total of 112 747s to meet high passenger demand at the time. Major competitor, All Nippon Airways (ANA), will also phase out its own B747-400s on domestic routes by the end of this month.

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Alisha Haridasani

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