Yesterday, EL AL operated its final Boeing 747-400 flight. The sendoff included a “special” routing enroute from Tel Aviv to Rome.
Via Flightradar 24, take a look at the flight path of LY1747. The 747 “drew” a 747 over the Mediterranean Sea just west of Cyprus:
Hard to imagine how that must have felt onboard…the drawing added about an hour to the flight.
A proper sendoff to be sure, but retirement could not come soon enough for these particular 747s. EL AL has beautiful new Boeing 787 Dreamliners with a spacious and modern business class product. Its 747s, however, have a premium product so old that the first class seats are inferior to the 787 business class seats. The business class seats are more akin to a generous premium economy product.
Wasteful? I guess…especially in the world of flight shaming. But we won’t see the iconic 747 transporting passengers for much longer and each unique sendoff is a fitting tribute to the Queen of the Skies. Although I never flew the 747 on EL AL, I love that so many airlines have retired her in a unique way. I look forward to reviewing EL AL in 2020, though it won’t be on a 747-400.
A wasteful or fitting final tribute? Did you have a chance to fly on an EL-AL 747?
(H/T: One Mile at a Time)