The Great KLM 747 Thread

Old Jan 14, 2020, 2:40 pm
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Hm, good to know, so JFK is not the last scheduled one.
I am in 1A, which I was really happy with, as 1A on the last flight is really cool But might need to revise my plans now.

Edit: I see the 747 is scheduled on both JFK and PBM on the 3rd, which suggests that they will still have 2 Queens. I guess they will be around for a little while more.
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Old Jan 14, 2020, 2:56 pm
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Haha... Not the last flight.....

Going to book the last PBM then too...

let's see what happens in the last weeks.

R u guys going to cancel.....?

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Old Jan 14, 2020, 3:17 pm
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I think so.. Pretty sure this JFK flight won't be the last then, and canceling is still free. Let's see what the new schedule tomorrow brings.
I think JFK is more likely to be the last flight though, due to it being a more prestigious route and of course due to the historical value of the route to NYC.
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Old Jan 14, 2020, 3:36 pm
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Isn't a 21.30 red-eye flight not the most memorable though? If they applied the usual schedule it would be lights down for the most of it. What sort of schedules have previous final flights been? Not that they would necessairly schedule a convenient last flight but hey
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Old Jan 14, 2020, 3:44 pm
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From the MD-11 it was Montreal. Early night flight with before-sunrise landing, does not seem very memorial either.
But if it's either PBM or JFK, neither of them has festive timings (although solid jetlag-timings). Better take the afternoon flight from JFK then.
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Old Jan 14, 2020, 4:04 pm
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Old Jan 14, 2020, 4:46 pm
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Cancelling is 24 hours for award tickets too?
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Old Jan 15, 2020, 2:37 am
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Award tickets are always full-flex, so you can just call them up to cancel them for a fee (25 bucks or something?).
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Old Jan 15, 2020, 6:49 am
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Award tickets are always full-flex, so you can just call them up to cancel them for a fee (25 bucks or something?).

Except promo reward tickets IIRC?
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Old Jan 15, 2020, 11:29 am
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If you cancel today, 24hr, no charge. Afterwards it is 50. Fyi

but....

the last flight of a KL747

probably will be on the same date day/month they received the first 747-100 and perhaps that will be a return from New York. (The received the first one in the winter of 71). First commercial service was to New York.

then KLM can truly say they have flown the 747 for 50 years.

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Old Jan 15, 2020, 4:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Meneer Guggenheimer
probably will be on the same date day/month they received the first 747-100 and perhaps that will be a return from New York. (They received the first one in the winter of 71). First commercial service was to New York.
I flew JFK-AMS KL642 on Saturday, April 17th, 1971. Departure 6.30 p.m., arrival 7.25 a.m. PH-BUA "Mississippi". B747-206B, KLM's first. Delivered January 31st, 1971. First commercial flight was on Valentine's Day.

As an aside, back then a return AMS-JFK-AMS in F cost 3,776.-- Dutch guilders. In 1971 the average monthly gross paycheck was 1,080.-- guilders (720 guilders net).

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Old Jan 16, 2020, 1:45 am
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Originally Posted by johan rebel
I flew JFK-AMS KL642 on Saturday, April 17th, 1971. Departure 6.30 p.m., arrival 7.25 a.m. PH-BUA "Mississippi". B747-206B, KLM's first. Delivered January 31st, 1971. First commercial flight was on Valentine's Day.

As an aside, back then a return AMS-JFK-AMS in F cost 3,776.-- Dutch guilders. In 1971 the average monthly gross paycheck was 1,080.-- guilders (720 guilders net).

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my first flight ever as 3 month old baby was in Jan 1977. There is a picture of me on my mothers lap in row one of KL747. They came from Taiwan but probably connected via HKG, SIN, BKK?? They do not know.

sadly I am to big to sit on my mothers lap now but she would not mind a spring return in J from NYC to be on the last flight!
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Old Jan 16, 2020, 1:45 am
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I was hoping to book an award flight from LAX sometime this year, but it seems it is already not being flown regularly anymore. Is there a site that I can see the dates that a 747 will be used?
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Old Jan 16, 2020, 10:24 am
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https://www.luchtvaartnieuws.nl/nieu...t-de-747-combi

according to this link last 747 flight will be in May 2021
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Old Jan 16, 2020, 10:47 am
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Originally Posted by Meneer Guggenheimer
my first flight ever as 3 month old baby was in Jan 1977. They came from Taiwan but probably connected via HKG, SIN, BKK??
HKG or BKK, most likely. I don't have a '77 timetable, but earlier that decade KLM did not fly to TPE, they partnered with Garuda. The latter had a flight TYO-TPE-HKG-BKK-JKT, so four aiports with KL connections to/from AMS. In the early 80s KLM flew AMS-VIE-DXB-BKK-TPE.

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