Cathay Pacific Final 747 Flight
For aviation geeks, the end of an era is coming up this week. Just as we have seen with countless other airlines, Cathay Pacific is finally retiring the last of their passenger 747 jumbojets.
— Cathay Pacific (@cathaypacific) September 26, 2016
They have been ramping down operations with these jets for several years and currently the only route operating the 747 is Tokyo Haneda to Hong Kong. That will end on October 1 when the last of these beasts carries passengers for Cathay. In preparation for this end, Cathay made a goodbye video in tribute to the plane.
Saying Goodbye in Person
I have flown on a Cathay Pacific 747 only once. It was on the Hong Kong to Tokyo route and I purposely chose to fly upstairs in business class even though there was first class space available. (I have flown CX F on a 777 twice.) Flying on the upper deck was an amazing experience and one I will always remember. But, I sort of want to fly downstairs too.
As I wrote about the other day, my dad and I are headed to Tokyo and then Hong Kong after that. What could be a better way to say goodbye to the 747 than being on one of its last flights? And we are! I have been watching availability like a hawk and yesterday space opened up for two first class seats on one of the last flights. (The very last flight is sold out in premium cabins.)
Booking the Tickets
In my opinion, Alaska Airlines still has an amazing award chart for Cathay Pacific. When I saw the space open up, I considered booking with BA Avios or American AAdvantage miles since each program charges 40K miles one way, but then I remembered there is a much better deal. Alaska Airlines only charges 27,500 miles one-way for the $4K+ flight! I called and booked immediately.
I am admittedly not a hardcore aviation geek, but something about the 747 has always enchanted me. To say I am excited about this flight would be an understatement. Not only do I get to share another world class First Class product with my dad (although I have heard this old bird is getting a little worn), but we get to share in some history as well.
What are your fondest memories of the 747? Are you sad to see yet another airline retire “The Queen of the Skies”? Let us know in the comments!