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The Qantas Boeing 747-400 aircraft, registered as VH-OJU and named ‘Lord Howe Island’, flew its final flight today from Los Angeles to Moses Lake in Washington, when it was handed to engineering giant Rolls-Royce
Qantas retired one of its Boeing 747-400 aircraft that came out of Boeing production line in January 2000, and flew with the airline for 19 years.
This is last Rolls-Royce-powered 747-438 that served Qantas.
The aircraft had its final commercial flight in Qantas colours on Sunday, October 13 2019, when it operated on flight QF99 from Sydney to Los Angeles.
Aircraft touched down at Los Angeles International Airport at 12:05 local time after on the air for almost 13 hours.
During its 19 hours of service, the aircraft had flown 70 million km, with 92,000+ flight hours carrying around 2.5 million passengers.
The aircraft has been acquired by Rolls-Royce to be used as a flying test bed aircraft in the US.
During the next two years, aircraft seats will be removed and testing equipment will be installed for Rolls-Royce’s engine testing program.