Honourable Last stand for Air France Boeing 747
Air France flew their Jumbo Jet for the last time on January 14th. Pluris was on board of course.
It was the last of the last for the Air France Boeing 747 flight. After the last commercial flight for the between Mexico and Paris, two company jumbo jets of the French company flew over France last Thursday for the last time in a flight reserved for those impassioned by aviation. The end of story that started in 1970 with the arrival of the first 68 B747exploited by Air France which has transported 250 million passengers.2 of 3of the last models will return to their rental companies whereas the 3rd will be sold for some million euros.
Difficult to anticipate the emotion at the end of Air France Boeing 747
Difficult to anticipate the emotion created by the final of Air France’s Boeing 747 last Thursday, the company had organised two special flights in and around France for the colossus’ fans. To begin with only one was planned but in view of the success of the event Air France planned a second.
“We received 30.000 client demands in 24hours the 432 seats by flight flew away in a few hours” explained a company spokesman. The happy few who paid 220€ each benefited on commentaries on how the plane functioned also a gastronomic lunch with champagne.
The company were surprised by this infatuation. “The 747 is a symbol for economy class therefore the democratisation of air transport, recalling to all good holiday souvenirs”, explains Frédérique a hostess since 18 years for the 747. “Before planes were reserved for the elite”.
Persuaded on living part of a historical moment those impassioned by the plane are ready to pay to be a part of the happy few. And those who couldn’t acquire a seat do all that’s possible to profit from the show all the same. “For the last flights of the 747 we saw as with each historical flight, people assembling at the end of the runway to photograph the take-off and landing of the plane.”.
With 120 000 people practising an aeronautical activity and 500 000 who precipitate to the Salon du Bourget each year, this passion for planes is not ready to fade in France. The last commercial flights of a plane are always an event, that the air companies do not make a fault in not exploiting them.