Cathay Pacific’s last B 747 takes to the air for its last commercial flight on 30th September, signalling the end of an era where the Jumbo aircraft was one of Cathay Pacific’s mainstays since 1979. Cathay Pacific’s last B 747 will serve its last round trip commercial service flying from Hong Kong to Tokyo as flight 542 and returning the next day as flight 543.
The flight will operate using aircraft B-HUJ, which was delivered to Cathay Pacific on 23 May 1995. Flight CX542 takes off from Hong Kong at 4.25pm Hong Kong time headed for Tokyo, where it is expected to land at 9.35pm. After an overnight stay, the aircraft will depart as Flight CX543 at 10.35am on 1st October, for an expected final touch down at Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong at 2.10pm.
The first of Cathay Pacific’s Boeing 747 Jumbos entered service in July 1979, that aircraft was retired from the Cathay Pacific fleet in 1998. Aircraft B-HUJ was delivered to Cathay on 23 May 1995.
If you aren’t able to catch the water salute signalling the end of service for either run, you can track the flights online, through one of the flight tracking services available – Flightradar24, FlightAware or any similar software, using the aircraft registration B-HUJ or doing a search by flight number / or route. CX542/CPA542 and CX543/CPA543 will help.
image© LKY, Cathay Pacific