I am going to fly on 747-400 out of AMS-LAX on January 21. This will be my first ride on the entire 747-400. I'm flying on KLM. Looking forward to it. This will be last 744 aircraft. I haven't flew on 744 for a decade.
Enjoy them while you can! The 747-400s will be going out soon although you'll still have some 747-8 flying well into the next decade.
I remember my first ride on the 747-400 with Virgin Atlantic several years ago. A very memorable one to say, since a hydraulics problem forced a 12 hour departure delay - the longest I've ever experienced.
All the more reason to get on one as soon as you can. While this is a board with A380s in mind, we can all mutually agree we must give credit to the 747 for ushering in the concept of widebodies.
I now understand how my grandparents felt when they described the Concorde to me. I feel as though we'd be doing the same for our children and grandchildren as aircraft like the 777 for example, while impressive from a performance standpoint, is as ubiquitous as they come.
In the meantime I shall document my remaining 747 rides. AMS tomorrow. CDG in October (?). Past that, heaven only knows.
A380(s) flown: HL7615(MSN 075) ICN-LAX KE 017 super 8/8/2012
AIRFRANCE this week begins gradually updating planned summer 2016 operational schedules, effective 27MAR16. As of 30APR15, notable changes for flights S16 as follow.
Paris CDG – Atlanta 2 daily service operated by 3-class Boeing 777-300ER. AF688/689 in summer 2015 operates with Boeing 747-400 Paris CDG – Boston AF338/333 operated by 3-class Boeing 777-300ER, replacing 747-400 in S15 Paris CDG – Mexico City 4-class Boeing 777-300ER replaces 747-400, re-introduction of First Class service (Note currently 26MAR16 from MEX is showing 777-300ER operation, however this is likely to change)
With these changes, AIRFRANCE is now scheduling last Boeing 747-400 scheduled operation for Mexico City on 26MAR16, although this remain subject to change, as winter 2015/16 schedule will see further updates in the next few weeks.