Japan Airlines’ (JAL) last two Boeing 747-400s touched down for the final time at Tokyo’s Narita airport yesterday. The planes arrived in the Japanese capital from Honolulu and Okinawa, marking the final two flights for the Japanese national carrier’s fleet of four-engined jumbo jets, which have been in operation for four decades.
JAL was once the world’s largest owner of B747s. The first of a total of 112 Boeing 747s that JAL would come to own over 41 years, was a 747-100 delivered in 1970. JAL later incorporated other versions of the 747 (-100, -200 and -300 series) into its fleet and finally received the 747-400 in 1990.
As part of its restructuring plan, the airline is now downsizing its fleet to operate more small and medium-sized aircraft such as Boeing 767, 777 and soon the 787 Dreamliner, as well as regional jets like the Embraer 170.