Australian airlines Qantas has retired the passenger jumbo jet, specifically the Boeing 747, from its fleet. The last one to leave the country traced a message in the sky over the Pacific Ocean: the Qantas kangaroo logo.
Flight QF7474 flew out from Sydney Airport on Wednesday afternoon and provided entertainment to hundreds of plane spotters.
The jumbo jet is headed to retirement in the Mojave Desert in the United States, after Qantas brought forward the scheduled retirement of the fleet by six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There were plenty of tears at the 747's farewell ceremony at Sydney Airport, with video tributes and poem recitals for the aircraft that has served Australians for almost 50 years.
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At 19-hours and 16-minutes, the recent Qantas' non-stop flight from New York, 'Murica to Sydney, Australia is the longest haul to be had on a commercial flight. Currently, the this long-ass trek isn't an option for the traveling public to undertake. Rather, the flight seen in this video is one of three that Qantas is has planned, during which it'll be studying the physiological and physiological effects that being on an airplane for so long could have on a passenger.
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There must have been one helluva marketing meeting to come up with this PR stunt.
"No one believes electric vehicles have pulling power!"
"Let's prove they do!"
"With a 287,000 pound plane!"
Six months later...
On a remote taxiway at Melbourne Airport, a Tesla Model X P100D with the greatest pulling power of any electric passenger vehicle came face to face against the newest star of the Qantas fleet, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
The stunt earned a new Guinness World Record for "heaviest tow by an electric production passenger vehicle," according to CNN Money.
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