Last year, we had written about the Air India 747 aircraft being retired from service, however, some avgeeks did not believe when it was going to happen, and this made Air India issue a statement stating that the aircraft was going to be a part of the fleet for the foreseeable future. However, after the privatisation of the airline, one of the first actions seems to be a quiet retirement of these birds.
Air India’s 747-400 aircraft deregistered
In the newly-released list of aircraft registered to various Indian airlines, you will note that there are no more Boeing 747 aircraft registered to Air India. This just means that the 747 have been taken off from the civil aviation register of India, and are no longer going to fly for any airline (unless, of course, someone takes them over and re-registers them).
As for Air India, they had already moved on with these jets even back in March 2021, as they had reassigned these pilots to the 777/787 fleets. Hence, there are no longer any current pilots for the 747 operations in the fleet of Air India.
While some may wish that these aircraft deserved a better farewell (and I share the sentiment), I was on the last flight of the Air India 747-400 aircraft from Delhi to Mumbai back in March 2021, and here you can relive the flight with me on board.
The Boeing 747 aircraft are most probably headed to the scrapyard to be turned into soft drink cans, but I seriously wish the Tata Group holds on to at least one of them, to be able to celebrate the legacy of Air India. Also, it would be nice to these aircraft upcycled rather than just crushed to use the metal out of them.
Air India’s 747 have been quietly retired altogether, with their names being struck off the civil aviation register. This is the end of the road for the Boeing 747 with Air India, as the programme has already been closed down by Boeing.
Do you have any memories with the Boeing 747 of Air India? Do share?
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