Qantas Airways Ltd’s last Boeing 747 jet bid its final goodbye by drawing a kangaroo in the sky off the Australian coast. The model of the Boeing has been with Qantas for over half a century making the carrier’s departure a special one.
The plane has been brought down for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Owen Zupp, one of the six pilots on board the final flight, said the gesture would reflect once his team had delivered the plane safely to the United States.
“Once that is done I think it will be a memory that we can look back on with great pride,” Zupp told Reuters. “It is significant not just for Qantas’ history but aviation.”
As per Qantas, more fuel-efficient aircraft will replace the 747, like the 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350, according to Joyce.
The gesture moved many and people came forward to share special goodbye messages for Qantas 747. As per a report by CNN, many even gathered at the Sydney airport to see the plane takes its final flight.
The flight was commanded by Capt. Sharelle Quinn, the airline’s first female captain.”I have flown this aircraft for 36 years and it has been an absolute privilege,” Quinn said in the press release.
Aaah my first memories of 747s in the 80s when as a kid you sat in row 50 and the smoking section started at row 51July 23, 2020
My godmother is an air stewardess on this final flight. ?— Ross Aron Pollard ??? (@Rosssatron) July 22, 2020
So a plane being retired for using too much fuel to be profitable, wastes more fuel for a feel good story….— Darby Good One (@DarbyGoodOne) July 22, 2020
Queen of the Skies , beautiful…..— Franco Bladilo (@francotemarb) July 22, 2020
I’m not teary eyes.