Amsterdam - The oldest Boeing 747 of the world still in service makes its last flight today from Los Angeles to Schiphol. The superjumbo registered PH-BFB has been in service with KLM since 1989.
The Flight KL602 will take off from Los Angeles International Airport at 13:55 PST on November 25 and will land at Amsterdam-Schiphol at 09:05 CET on November 26.
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During its almost 30 years of active service, the "Queen of the Skies" had more than 134,000 flight hours and 36,000 take-offs and landings. It carried nearly 6 million passengers in this period - equal to the population of the city of Berlin.
On July 1st, 1989, the brand new Boeing 747-400 of the Dutch flag carrier was baptized as City of Bangkok by nine Thai monks from the 100-year old monastery in the Laksi district of Bangkok with a special ceremony at Schiphol. LAksi district is the place where the KLM Catering and crew hotel is located in Bangkok. More than 200 people attended the ceremony.
After November 26, KLM will have only eleven Boeing 747-400 in its passenger plane fleet. They all will be replaced by the Boeing 777 and the 787 Dreamliner aircraft by 2021, which use less fuel and leaves less carbon footprint. The Dutch carrier targets to generate 20% less CO2 emissions in 2020 than in 2011.
The Boeing 747 has an iconic status in aviation history with lots of fans from around the world.
The final destination of the City of Bangkok will be the Corendon Village Hotel. The 29-year-old superjumbo will be displayed at the front yard of the hotel overlooking Schiphol Airport. Corendon buys the aircraft from the Dutch aircraft recycling company AELS. The aircraft will be transferred to the location by road.
This spectacular last journey of the aircraft is expected to take place in February 2019. Details about this special event will be announced by Corendon on a later date, on behalf of all participating parties.