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Goodbye, Cathay Pacific 747! (Onboard the Final Passenger Revenue Flight of Cathay's Jumbo from Tokyo to Hong Kong)

Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:05 am

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Hi All,

Following my report of the Air France 787 inaugural, I am bringing you another report - this time of a farewell flight. The flight in question is the last passenger revenue flight of a Cathay Pacific 747 that took place in October last year on the Tokyo to Hong Kong route.

You can read the full report on the following page:

Full report: http://www.knaviation.net/review-cathay ... ll-hnd-hkg

A selection of eight pictures to tell you the overall story follows.

1. The Backbone of Cathay’s Growth

The 747 was the backbone of Cathay Pacific’s growth from a regional airline to a leading global airline. Its 747s used to be frequent visitors at various airports throughout Japan as well.

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2. Free Drinks by Cathay Pacific

In the gate area, Cathay Pacific was offering free drinks including Champagne to its passengers to celebrate the special occasion.

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3. Social Media Contest Winners

Outside the terminal, winners of a social media contest were able to enjoy the beautiful 747 from up close one last time.

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4. Cabin Crew Ambassadors

Four cabin crew ambassadors wearing four different uniforms Cathay used during its 747-era were present in the gate area.

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5. The General Manager’s Speech

Before boarding, the general manager of Cathay’s Japanese office gave a speech about the importance of the aircraft not only for the company, but also for him personally.

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6. Meal Service

The crew had slight difficulties serving the meal as the aisles and galleys were full of excited passengers. It took a Captain’s announcement to get everyone seated.

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7. Enjoying the Special Flight

Throughout the flight, the aisles were clogged by enthusiasts taking pictures of all the details, and enjoying the flight in their own ways.

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8. Post-Flight Fun

After landing and disembarking, the Captain and the rest of the crew stayed in the gate area to talk with the passengers, sign logbooks and certificates, and so on.

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If you enjoyed the photos above, please read the report and see more photos below:

Full report: http://www.knaviation.net/review-cathay ... ll-hnd-hkg

I hope you enjoyed the report. Thanks for reading!

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know.

Best regards,
Keishi
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Re: Goodbye, Cathay Pacific 747! (Onboard the Final Passenger Revenue Flight of Cathay's Jumbo from Tokyo to Hong Kong)

Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:41 am

Did you folks get any official certificates?
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Re: Goodbye, Cathay Pacific 747! (Onboard the Final Passenger Revenue Flight of Cathay's Jumbo from Tokyo to Hong Kong)

Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:33 pm

planeophilic wrote:
Did you folks get any official certificates?


Yes for all passangers. For Marco Polo members, additional gift have been given few weeks after the flight via post services
 
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Re: Goodbye, Cathay Pacific 747! (Onboard the Final Passenger Revenue Flight of Cathay's Jumbo from Tokyo to Hong Kong)

Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:06 pm

Thank you for this amazing trip report! And its so sad to see, that this beauty is now history :-(
 
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Re: Goodbye, Cathay Pacific 747! (Onboard the Final Passenger Revenue Flight of Cathay's Jumbo from Tokyo to Hong Kong)

Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:18 am

Glad you were able to experience this. I visited Hong Kong for the first time last year and absolutely loved it!!! So looking forward to flying it's home based carrier someday.

I noticed Roni in the group pic. It goes without saying he would definitely be there for this auspicious occasion!!
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Re: Goodbye, Cathay Pacific 747! (Onboard the Final Passenger Revenue Flight of Cathay's Jumbo from Tokyo to Hong Kong)

Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:51 am

Great trip report. It truly looked like a special flight.
 
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Re: Goodbye, Cathay Pacific 747! (Onboard the Final Passenger Revenue Flight of Cathay's Jumbo from Tokyo to Hong Kong)

Wed Feb 22, 2017 1:03 am

Of all the aircraft in the sky the 747 is the saddest to farewell. To me it is the aircraft that most epitomises long distance flying so that even if you are on a short leg you feel like you are off on a grand adventure. I was fortunate enough to fly on the 747-400 with Cathay.

Thank you for sharing this report, both here and on your blog. Sounds like you made some wonderful final memories!
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Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:25 am

How very sad, my first ever flight was as a 6 yr old flying SYD-HKG on a Cathay Pacific 747-300 (flying into Kai Tak). Now both the 747 for Cathay and Kai Tak are no longer around. How I wish I was a bit older to enjoy both the 747 experience and the landing at Kai Tak.
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Re: Goodbye, Cathay Pacific 747! (Onboard the Final Passenger Revenue Flight of Cathay's Jumbo from Tokyo to Hong Kong)

Sun Feb 26, 2017 9:04 am

hongkongflyer wrote:
planeophilic wrote:
Did you folks get any official certificates?


Yes for all passangers. For Marco Polo members, additional gift have been given few weeks after the flight via post services


As hongkongflyer mentions, we received a certificate. It came in a nice box together with a Cathay 747 themed hard cover notepad and a key holder.

Robisintheair wrote:
Thank you for this amazing trip report! And its so sad to see, that this beauty is now history :-(


11725Flyer wrote:
Great trip report. It truly looked like a special flight.


allrite wrote:
Of all the aircraft in the sky the 747 is the saddest to farewell. To me it is the aircraft that most epitomises long distance flying so that even if you are on a short leg you feel like you are off on a grand adventure. I was fortunate enough to fly on the 747-400 with Cathay.

Thank you for sharing this report, both here and on your blog. Sounds like you made some wonderful final memories!


Thank you for your nice comments, glad you enjoyed the report!

Flightsimboy wrote:
Glad you were able to experience this. I visited Hong Kong for the first time last year and absolutely loved it!!! So looking forward to flying it's home based carrier someday.

I noticed Roni in the group pic. It goes without saying he would definitely be there for this auspicious occasion!!


It was my first time in Hong Kong, and I enjoyed the place. Though I can say that visiting it the next time will not be the same!

SYDSpotter wrote:
How very sad, my first ever flight was as a 6 yr old flying SYD-HKG on a Cathay Pacific 747-300 (flying into Kai Tak). Now both the 747 for Cathay and Kai Tak are no longer around. How I wish I was a bit older to enjoy both the 747 experience and the landing at Kai Tak.


That must have been a great experience! Unfortunately, Kai Tak is one of the great places that I missed - never photographed or landed there.
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Re: Goodbye, Cathay Pacific 747! (Onboard the Final Passenger Revenue Flight of Cathay's Jumbo from Tokyo to Hong Kong)

Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:10 pm

allrite wrote:
Of all the aircraft in the sky the 747 is the saddest to farewell.!


This! My first-ever flight was on a 747 and there is always something about it that makes it seem special/prestigious. Try as I might, I don't get the same feeling about any other aircraft even though they are more advanced or even bigger.
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