Asiana Airlines calls time on South Korea’s last operating Boeing 747-400 plane

Asiana Airlines Boeing 747-400 HL7428
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Asiana Airlines has announced that it will retire its last operating Boeing 747-400 aircraft next month.  

Asiana Airlines confirmed the departure of its last ‘Queen of the Sky’ on February 28, 2024, in a social media post.  

The Boeing 747-400, registered HL7428, joined the South Korean airline in 1999, becoming Asiana Airline’s third 747 in the fleet.  

When HL7428 retires from Asiana Airlines, it will not only be the departure of the carrier’s last operating Boeing 747-400 but also South Korea’s.  

“The last B747-400 passenger plane in Korea. Queen of the Sky B747 started its first operation in 1999. Getting ready to say goodbye after a long flight,” Asiana wrote on its Instagram page.  

HL7428 is scheduled to take its last flight on March 25, 2024, and the aircraft will spend the weeks leading up to its retirement on operations between Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN) and Taipei Taoyuan International Airport (TPE).   

To mark the occasion Asiana is asking people to comment on its Instagram with a chance to win a Starbucks Latte set.  

The airline is also offering 30% off tickets for flights on the Boeing 747-400 until the final day on March 25, 2024.  

Lufthansa currently operates the largest fleet of Boeing 747-400s, with eight still flying the ‘Queen of the Sky’ flag. 

Other airlines still operating the Boeing 747-400 include Atlas Air, Air Atlanta Europe and Air China. 

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