AMSTERDAM SCHIPHOL, NETHERLANDS – Last weekend (March 28 – 29) was a very sad weekend for many aviation lovers and spotters in The Netherlands, for the last KLM 747 pilots and cabin crew, and also for aviation in general, when KLM operated its last Boeing 747 commercial flight after almost 50 years of service. During KLM’s 100-year anniversary the national carrier of The Netherlands has said goodbye to the most beautiful airliner ever made – the iconic KLM Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet, also known as the Queen of the skies. The City of Tokyo took off from the well-known Polderbaan (runway 18R-36L) for the last time at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, much earlier than planned. The Boeing 747 would initially fly for the Dutch national carrier KLM until May 2021 and retire after 50 years of service. But due to the ongoing corona crisis KLM is speeding up the 747’s retirement from its fleet. Flight KL685 arrived in Mexico City on March 28 and returned safely on March 29 at KLM’s home base airport – Amsterdam Schiphol.
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