Qantas “City of Canberra” 747-400, World Record Holder for Longest Non-Stop Commercial Flight, Retires

By: | April 8th, 2015

Qantas 747-400 retired

Qantas 747-400 retired (Image Courtesy

As IndustryTap reported in January “After Tragic, Mysterious Year In Aviation, Qantas Named Safest Airline In The World For 2015,” Qantas, the flagship carrier of Australia, seems to be doing a lot right these days, including painting the sides of its plane with Aboriginal art and donating its most famous Qantas 747-400 to Australia’s Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS).

Qantas 747-400 Aboriginal Art

Qantas 747-400 Aboriginal Art (Image Courtesy

Most Famous Boeing Qantas 747-400 Retires to New Home

In March, 2015, Qantas Airlines retired the oldest aircraft in its fleet of 247 planes, a Boeing 747-400 named “City of Canberra”, after 25 years of commercial flight service. Since its beginnings, Qantas has named all of its planes after a city in Australia. The plane holds the world record for longest non-stop commercial flight, flying 11,185 miles (18,001 km) from London to Sydney in August, 1992.

The following video shows the now-famous Boeing 747-400 coming in for her final landing, a short 17-minute flight from Sydney to Illawarra Regional Airport in Wollongong, Australia, before being put out to pasture.

David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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