El Al said goodbye to its Boeing 747 fleet with a special flight

Tel Aviv, Israel - After 48 years of active service with the Boeing's iconic jumbo jet, Israel's national airline El Al said goodbye to its 747 fleet with a special event.

On Nov. 3rd, an El Al Boeing 747 took off from Rome at 10 a.m. local and flew a special route over the Mediterranean Sea.

The aircraft drew on the sky a Boeing 747 commemorating the airline's final flight with the 747s.

There were two 747-400s in the El Al's fleet. Including the last two jets, the airline historically operated 17 Boeing 747 in total (two 747-100, eight 747-200 and seven 747-400).

After two hours from takeoff, Flight LY1747 descended to 10,000 feet over Cyprus to begin the artwork.

Flight tracking service FlightRadar24 documented the trip with a series of images posted on its Twitter account.



The whole flight took almost four hours and the aircraft landed at the Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport.

There are around 500 Boeing 747 in service around the world today, but the airlines replace them with more-efficient wide-body, twin-engine jets such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner or Airbus A350XWB.