An China Airlines 747-409 at Tapei Airport.
China Airlines has placed its remaining four B747-409s up for sale. They are planning to retire all of theirs 744s by the first quarter of 2021 to modernize and upgrade the fleet.
For the third time, the airline is using asset management company GA Telesis to manage the sale. All four planes are currently in storage.
China Airlines currently operates four 747-400s (B-18210, B-18211, B-18212, and B-18215).
The airline slowly began to replaces the Queen by the A350-900s and the 777-300ERs, newer and more fuel efficient aircraft have contributed to the airline’s success.
China Airlines isn’t the only airline to be retiring its 747s, the major operator of the 744s: British Airways said farewell to its final 747-436 just last month after slashing the number of aircraft in the fleet.
Other major operators of the 747, including Lufthansa, Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic, Qantas, and Delta, have all curbed 747 operations.
China Airlines (for the moment)Air China, Lufthansa, Korean Air, Air India, Mahan Air and Rossiya are now the only operators of the passenger variant of the 747.