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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Japan Airlines retires older 747s, replaces them with newer model

Advertiser Staff

JAL Group said it is retiring its remaining six “classic” Boeing 747 aircraft, some of which are used for the carrier’s service between Japan and Honolulu.

The final commercial flight of the older version of the 747 is scheduled to arrive in Honolulu Thursday. The older planes will be replaced with the newer 747-300 series aircraft, whose main feature is a larger upper deck.
To mark the note-worthy occasion, Japan Airlines Honolulu will brighten up the flight with festivities including commemorative items for the passengers such as personalized origami message cards hand-made and signed by JAL staff, a giant lei to be draped over the aircraft, a colorful banner and live entertainment at the gate.
A proclamation signed by State of Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle and Lt. Governor James R. “Duke” Aiona, Jr. will be read at the ceremonies proclaiming July 30 as “Japan Airlines Classic Jumbo Jet Day.”