Qantas Last B747 (438(ER)) is currently at the time off writing this on route to Sydney from Santiago, Chile.
Qantas will be retiring all their B747s from this weekend because of the current Coronavirus issue that has put the aviation world in lockdown.
The Queen Of The Skies was supposed to enjoy an eighteen month victory lap on the Johannesburg, Tokyo and Santiago runs; followed by the biggest farewell party the aviation world has ever seen. (From Sam Chui)
Qantas has been an operator of the Boeing 747 since 1971 when it received the 747-200, and has operated every version of the aircraft except for the 747-8. The airline is also the sole customer of the (passenger) extended range variant 747-400ER, of which it operated six aircraft until its retirement now.
The 747 has no direct replacement in its fleet in terms of capacity, but that may change with Project Sunrise, when the airline wants to introduce Airbus A350-1000 into its fleet. (From IFN.News)
The fleet was sold to an unknown buyer in the early hours of Friday morning, they will be ferried to Mojave in California in the upcoming weeks. When she lands at around 5.45pm local time on Sunday March 29th 2020, Australia’s romance with Boeing’s greatest jet will have come to an end. (Sam Chui)
It is estimated to land at 5.45pm Local Time. I be there taking photos and experiencing the last Qantas B747.
This photo I captured was the first B747 to retire. It was her 4th final flight when i captured the Queen.
Its gonna be a emotional time!