With Cathay Pacific retiring their last passenger 747-400 in October 2016, it is unfortunate to see another Asian airline – EVA Air – put the Queen of the Skies out of passenger service. The last flight of the EVA Air 747-400 will take place on August 21, 2017.
The Last EVA Air 747-400 Flight
EVA Air currently has one last 747-400 in its fleet – B-16411 – and it is using it to operate its two daily roundtrips between Taipei Taoyuan and Shanghai Pudong (BR712/BR711 and BR722/721).
Originally, the last flight of EVA’s Jumbo was supposed to be on the same route, however, later the airline changed its plans. From August 21, 2017, the two Shanghai flights are scheduled to be operated by a 777-300ER, and the last scheduled roundtrip of the 747-400 is to Hong Kong instead.
The last scheduled EVA Air passenger 747 flight is scheduled to depart Taipei Taoyuan as BR891 at 7:00AM on August 21, 2017, arriving in Hong Kong at 8:45AM. That will be followed by the final flight, BR892 from Hong Kong to Taipei Taoyuan, departing at 09:50AM and arriving at 11:30AM. (There are still seats available in economy class, while business class is sold out.)
Unfortunately, I will not be able to be on the last flight, however, a couple of my friends will – so I am excited to hear their stories and see their photos. And, while I’ve never flown with EVA Air or had a particularly strong interest in the airline, it is sad to see another airline retire the Queen of the Skies.