Monday, February 3, 2014

ANA to bring the Boeing 747 to Sendai and Fukushima.

All Nippon Airways (NH/ANA) will bring the Boeing 747-400D to Sendai (SDJ/RJSS) and Fukushima (FKS/RJSF) on March 15th to fly 'Wings of Heart: Boeing 747-400 Graduation Flight', in support of the ongoing rebuilding of areas devastated by the 3.11 earthquake and tsunami three years ago.
Boeing 747-481/D JA8965 at Haneda. It was retired in June 2013. (Photo: Ryosuke Yano)

Primary (elementary) school and junior high (middle) school students living in the prefectures of Miyagi and Fukushima who will be graduating in March 2014 will be eligible to apply for the B747 scenic flight. The aircraft will be ferried from Tokyo/Haneda (HND/RJTT) to Sendai for the first scenic flight, which will depart at 1030 and return at 1155, and then be ferried to Fukushima for the second part, which will depart at 1540 and return at 1700, local time. At the end of the day, the B747 will be ferried to Tokyo/Narita (NRT/RJAA) for the charter flight to Kumamoto the following day. (ANA releases Boeing 747 Kumamoto charter schedule.)

These flights are also part of ANA's five-month-long 'Final 747: Thanks Jumbo!' series of events commemorating the retirement of the Jumbo Jet, which kicked off with a 'Satogaeri Flight' (homecoming flight) from Haneda to Hakodate (HKD/RJCH) on October 27th, 2013.

Source: All Nippon Airways (in Japanese)

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