The history of the Aviationtag Cathay Pacific Boeing 747-400 B-HUJ
This Boeing 747-400 with serial number 27595, was delivered to Cathay Pacific in May 1995 with registration VR-HUJ. In August 1997 it was changed to B-HUJ.
B-HUJ is a rather famous aircraft as in 1998 she flew the worlds first non-stop transpolar flight from New York to the new Hong Kong international airport of Chek Lap Kok. It was also the first commercial aircraft to make a landing at that airport after Kai Tak closed.
The 747-400 flew its last flight for Cathay Pacific on 1 October 2016 from Tokyo to Hong Kong. After 21 years of flying, she was the last 747-400 to be retired from their fleet. On 8 October 2016 she made a farewell flight with flyby over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. During November 2016, it was flown to Bruntingthorpe, United Kingdom to be dismantled and scrapped.
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History of the Boeing 747
The “Queen of the skies”, the iconic Boeing 747, was designed by Joe Sutter and his team in just 29 months. The wide body jetliner made its first flight on February 9, 1969, and it was put into service on January 22, 1970, with Pan Am.
The massive long haul aircraft, could have a wingspan of up to 68.4 m and a maximum range of 7,730 nm (14,316 km), depending on the variant. The so called “Jumbo jet” reached cruising speeds of mach 0.855 (933 km/h).
Sadly, the Coronavirus hit the Airline industry hard, and many retired their 747’s early in search for more efficient newer models. Boeing announced in 2020 it will end production. The last models are planned to roll of the production line in 2022. However, the 747 will keep flying for many more years, mostly as a freighter.