Australia’s Qantas decommissions last Boeing 747 after 50 years

The decommissioning of the aircraft is the latest blow for the aviation industry, which has been devastated by the pandemic.

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In Australia, half a century of aviation history has ended at Qantas Airways, with the early retirement of its final Boeing 747.

It is the latest airline casualty of the coronavirus pandemic, which has devastated the industry globally, forcing many airlines to decommission part or parts of their fleet, and cut staff.

Qantas had planned to retire its 747s by the end of 2020, but COVID-19 brought its end forward.

Al Jazeera’s Nicola Gage reports from Sydney.

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