The days of the “Queen of the Skies” at KLM are counted

Johanna Koyser
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According to media reports, the Dutch airline KLM is phasing out the popular Boeing 747. In 2021 KLM will retire all its 747s, currently there are still 11 in operation: three freighters, two passenger-only aircraft and 6 of the well-known Combi versions. For the latter, the last flight has been announced. According to KLM flight schedules, it will be flight KL644 from New York City to Amsterdam on January 3, 2021.

KLM justifies the decision to phase out its 747 fleet by the conversion to more fuel-efficient aircraft and the fact that the aircraft no longer meet today’s standards. In spite of everything, it is a real pity for the “Queen of the Skies“, as she has become a true aviation brand since her maiden flight. A special feature was above all the Combi version of the 747, which combined passenger and cargo aircraft. Parts of the rear passenger compartment became cargo space and larger cargo could travel together with passengers.

But for all 747 enthusiasts there is no reason to panic, because other airlines will continue to use the aircraft and there is still one year to go for a 747 KLM flight. However, we at WingMag are a bit wistful that we will soon no longer be able to admire them in their beautiful KLM blue. But as sustainability is becoming an increasingly important issue for KLM, the decision to retire is understandable and comprehensible.

by Johanna Koyser

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