Taiwan’s China Airlines launches last chance farewell party flight on retiring “Queen of the Skies” Boeing 747

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.

China Airlines 747-400 business class
China Airlines 747-400 business class

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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