A jumbo farewell: Flying on Lufthansa’s 747-400s

As Wilbur Sargunaraj makes an important trip home, he uses the opportunity to take one last flight on his beloved Boeing 747-400.

For more than 30 years it’s been the backdrop to our everyday stories – starring in songs and movies, taking us to the world, bringing us together, and bringing us home. Born out of a need to transport hundreds of passengers over great distances and make air travel available to everyone, the 747, and specifically its hugely popular -400 variant, revolutionised air travel as we know it.

Lufthansa is one of the highest profile and longest serving Boeing 747 operators
Lufthansa is one of the highest profile and longest serving Boeing 747 operators David Brook

Sadly, the pandemic resulted in many airlines scrapping what remained of their quad-jet fleets, forcing their 747-400s into earlier than expected retirement. While its size, range, and reliability mean that freighter versions will be around for a while yet, there are only a handful of scheduled passenger airlines that continue to operate the Queen of the Skies.

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