JAL Retiring Boeing 747 with Last Domestic Flight from Naha to Narita - Info at Dedicated Webpage

JAL Retiring Boeing 747 with Last Domestic Flight from Naha to Narita - Info at Dedicated Webpage

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Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (JAL) will retire its entire fleet of Boeing 747s―commonly known as "jumbo jets"―in March, and a "Last Flight" for the aircraft will be operated on March 1 from Naha to Narita.

JAL has created a special webpage on its official Japanese-language site to commemorate the retirement of the 747 called "Arigato Jumbo" (meaning "Thank You Jumbo"), where flight schedules for all the jumbo jets until March 1 are posted. According to the schedule, the last commercial flight, JAL 3098, will depart from Okinawa at 10:50 a.m. on March 1 and arrive at Narita Airport at 1:15 p.m. The final international flight, JL 75, will depart from Honolulu, Hawaii on February 28 and arrive at Narita Airport at 1:25 p.m. on March 1.

In commemoration of the jumbo jet, which was a part of the mass air transport age for over 40 years in Japan and worldwide, JAL Group will sell Kinen Soraben (meaning "Commemorative Air Bentos"), model planes and more. (Soraben means “sky bento,” and a bento is a type of portable boxed meal common in Japan.) In addition, JAL will offer a Retirement Tour to give customers a last chance to ride the jumbo jet.

JAL Tours Co., Ltd. is also planning to revive the Sapporo-Okinawa route that was once popular as the longest domestic route in Japan with a tour on February 19. Internationally, JALPAK Co., Ltd., JTB Corp. and JAL will conduct a charter tour to Guam on a JAL aircraft on February 26 and 27. The captain and cabin attendants will be wearing historical uniforms and there will be a photo shoot of the aircraft performing a touch-and-go landing at Guam International Airport. Tour details can be found at the JAL and JALPAK websites (in Japanese only) and elsewhere.

In addition to flight schedules, the Arigato Jumbo page also presents the aircraft's history along with incredible photos and videos, information on events and promotions and more.