Another upcoming retirement for this magnificent Queen of the Skies.
(A screenshot from the Infinite Flight heydays)
Air India has announced that they’re planning to phase out their B747 aircraft.
AI first took delivery of this amazing “jumbo jet” in 1971 - registered VT-EBD - and christened it “Emperor Ashoka” (the aircraft sadly crashed into the Arabian Sea, seven years later).
Originally ordered by aviation pioneer JRD Tata, the 747s featured a fully-decked out cabin with dewans and a bar, interior wallpaper and many features which were way ahead of their time, back in the day. Most recently, they were used mainly for VIP flights - until new 777 aircraft were bought as an upgrade for transporting VIP personnel.
Exactly 50 years after the first 747 was delivered, Air India officials say that they are planning to phase out their iconic fleet of jumbos, that were once the leading name in comfort, luxury and service in this part of the world. Their four-engined roar will surely be missed over the Indian skies and beyond!