Qantas has retired its last Boeing 747 this week marking the end of service for the Queen of the Sky with Australia's flag carrier. The airline said goodbye to the 747, a version of which has been flying to and from Australia since 1971, in an emotional ceremony at Sydney Airport.
Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce highlighted the significance of the 747 in lowering fares and delivering nonstop flights to Australians.
“It’s hard to overstate the impact that the 747 had on aviation and a country as far away as Australia. It replaced the 707, which was a huge leap forward in itself but didn’t have the sheer size and scale to lower airfares the way the 747 did. That put international travel within reach of the average Australian and people jumped at the opportunity,” said Joyce.
As a final goodbye from the old girl, she traced a message in the sky over the Pacific Ocean before heading to the Mojave Desert: the Qantas kangaroo logo.