China Airlines is offering a last chance to fly on its 747-400 in the form of a “747 Queen of the Skies Farewell Party,” before retiring the aircraft from service.
Originally scheduled for February 6, the farewell flight was postponed due to a coronavirus cluster infection in Taoyuan City in January. China Airlines today announced that the flight has been rescheduled for March 20.
Passengers who were originally booked for the February 6 flight, and who are unable to make the March 20 flight are urged to cancel with a full refund by March 2.
The special flight on plane number B-18215 is billed as a one-day micro-travel event. The check-in counter will open at 7:47 am, March 20, and departure lounge activities will begin at 8:45 am. Passengers will be able to board the aircraft and explore the various cabins of the aircraft to take photographs.
Held in cooperation with the Taiwan Office of Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, the flight will depart at 11:30 am, taking passengers on a 5 hour 40 minute flight to Mount Fuji, where it will make a turn around the iconic mountain before heading back to Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, scheduled to land at 5:10 pm.
Prices for the flight CI2747 listed at the China Airlines website are:
- Business class 1st floor deck: NT$9,747
- Business class 2nd floor deck: NT$10,747
- Economy class NT$7,470
Passengers will be served Shizuoka Japanese specialties such as eel and rice, and can take home a China Airlines 747 exclusive package, including Japanese souvenirs provided by Shizuoka Prefecture. The package will include a 747-400 1:200 model plane, key ring, 747-400 canvas bag, commemorative flight certificate, and a China Airlines navy blue toilet bag, and more, according the the CAL press release.
China Airlines introduced the 747 into its fleet in 1975. The airline currently has 4 747-400 passenger aircraft, all prepared for retirement and not currently flying regular routes.
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