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Qantas retires first 747-400


Qantas’ first Boeing 747-400 was retired after completing 13,833 flights over 25.3 years in service.  VH-OJA was named the City of Canberra and was delivered to Qantas on Aug. 11, 1989. On Aug. 17, Flight QF7441 London-Sydney set the record for the longest nonstop flight of any commercial airline. 

The 747 logged 106,154 flight hours and flew 85 million kilometers.

The 747-400 will reside in its new home at the Historical Restoration Society in New South Wales.  It is shown landing at Illawarra Regional Airport in New South Wales to an adoring crowd. It will join a Lockheed Super Constellation, Catalina, Douglas DC-3 and DC-4 and a Desert Storm US Army Cobra.

Qantas renamed all of its 747-400s "Longreach" as a symbol of its place of origin and as a tribute to the long-range of the aircraft.




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