Quantas(オーストラリア)航空の最後のBoeing 747が 就航最後となるのを記念して、航跡路を自社のシンボルマーク Kangarooにちなんで刻みました。
(CNN) — After 50 years of flying, Qantas' last remaining Boeing 747 passenger jet departed Australia for the final time on Wednesday and left a special message for everyone in the sky — a drawing of the airline's iconic kangaroo logo.
The flight path of Flight QF7474 traced the logo in the sky after it took off from Sydney Airport for the US, where the jumbo jet will be retired, Qantas, Australia's biggest airline, said in a statement on Wednesday.
"This aircraft was well ahead of its time and extremely capable," said Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce in a statement. "Engineers and cabin crew loved working on them and pilots loved flying them. So did passengers. They have carved out a very special place in aviation history and I know they'll be greatly missed by a lot of people, including me."
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The 747 is being replaced by more fuel-efficient aircraft with better range, like the 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350, according to Joyce. While the fleet was set to be retired this year, Qantas said the pandemic decimated travel globally, which moved up the retirement by six months.
The travel industry has taken a huge hit as countries have gone on lockdown and limited traveling to curb the spread of Covid-19. Earlier this month, British Airways retired its fleet of 747s four years ahead of schedule because of the pandemic.