South Korea Studying Satellite Launch from Commercial Aircraft 

By Chen Chuanren Jul 20, 2021
Korean Air and Seoul National University have been commissioned by the Republic of Korea Air Force to explore using the Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft for an air launch system, similar to Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne.
Space

China Airlines Ends 747 Operations With Farewell Flight

By Chen Chuanren Mar 22, 2021
China Airlines ceased Boeing 747-400 operations on March 20 following a farewell flight over Japan, retiring the type after 28 years of service.
Airlines & Lessors

Virgin Atlantic Sets 747 Retirement Date, Resumes Manchester Flights

By Victoria Moores Dec 04, 2020
UK long-haul carrier Virgin Atlantic is expecting to perform its final Boeing 747 flight on Dec. 16 and has announced plans to resume operations from Manchester, England, on Dec. 5 after a nine-month break.
Airlines & Lessors

Thai Airways Selling Off 34 Older Aircraft

By Chen Chuanren Nov 05, 2020
Thai Airways has put a total of 34 aircraft up for sale, including all of its Boeing 747-400, 777-200 and 777-300, as the flag-carrier turns to more fuel-efficient aircraft for the handful of international flights it now operates.
Airlines & Lessors

Boeing Working To Correct 747 Flight Computer Reset Issue

By Sean Broderick Oct 23, 2020
Boeing is working on updating 747 flight computer software to eliminate an issue introduced in the software’s most recent version that causes both of the aircraft’s computers to reset in-flight.
Aircraft & Propulsion

IAG Retires Last Iberia A340; British Airways 747s Start To Exit Fleet

By Kurt Hofmann Aug 18, 2020
International Airlines Group (IAG) has phased out the last of Iberia’s Airbus A340s and begun retiring British Airways’ (BA) entire Boeing 747-400 fleet, the group reported Aug. 17. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

AAIB Report Spotlights Ambiguous Boeing 747 Checklist

By Sean Broderick May 11, 2020
Boeing has updated a 747-400 non-normal checklist following evidence from a UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report that showed a British Airways (BA) crew confused by its verbiage initiated an unneeded stall-recovery procedure while troubleshooting an issue.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Atlas Air To Park Four 747-400 Freighters; Return Fifth To Lessor

By Ben Goldstein Feb 20, 2020
Atlas Air will park four Boeing 747-400 converted freighters this year and return a fifth to a lessor, moves intended to counteract falling yields and utilization rates caused by softening macroeconomic trends. 
Air Transport