Thursday, January 14, 2016

Air France bids the Boeing 747 farewell after 40 years

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Air France marked the exit of the last of 68 Boeing Co. 747s that have graced its fleet over 40 years with a valedictory tour spanning Normandy to Mont Blanc and the Mediterranean — while saying that the aviation icon could survive until 2020 at Dutch arm KLM.

Replaced at the French carrier by smaller Boeing 777s and a handful of Airbus Group SE A380s, the jet still numbers more than 20 examples at KLM, where the priority has been to retire Boeing MD-11s, Alexandre De Juniac, president of parent Air France-KLM Group, said in an interview Thursday.

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