Garuda Indonesia 747-400 Farewell Event
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After almost 38 years of service, Garuda has scheduled its last Boeing 747 flight at the end of April this year.
Indonesian aviation enthusiasts are hoping that Garuda Indonesia will offer a commemorative flight or event at GMF to honour this aircraft. Many airlines including Cathay Pacific, Air France and Singapore Airlines have done so in the past to show appreciation for this aircraft.
The history behind Garuda and the 747 dates back to the 1980’s, when the airline took delivery of their first 747-200. This aircraft took thousands of passengers across the world to destinations such as Zurich, Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, Rome, Tokyo and the notorious Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong
With the realisation of this much needed aircraft, Garuda took delivery of three new 747-400 during the mid 1990’s. During an unexpected announcement this week over Instagram, Garuda mentioned that their second last 747 (PK-GSG) had been retired after flying from Makassar (UPG) to Jakarta (CGK) as GA615 on the 18th of February.
Garuda's last 747 (PK-GSH) will be operating its last revenue flight on the 22nd of April. The aircraft will fly from Makassar (UPG) to Jeddah (JED) as GA986, then return from Jeddah (JED) to Makassar (UPG) as GA987.
The airline has chartered several variants of 747’s in the past, amounting to a staggering 43 Boeing 747’s under the Garuda brand. The list bellow are aircrafts delivered directly to Garuda with delivery and retirement dates.
PK-GSA (02/07/1980 - 26/10/2003)
PK-GSB (03/07/1980 - 31/12/2003)
PK-GSD (26/08/1980 - 26/12/2003)
PK-GSE (05/05/1982 - 01/12/1998)
PK-GSF (18/05/1982 - 24/12/1998)
PK-GSI (02/03/1995 - 01/07/2012)
PK-GSG (14/01/1994 - 18/02/2017)
PK-GSH (27/05/1994 - N/A)
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