After 25 years of Boeing 737 operations, SkyTeam member Air France has retired its last example of the type from service.

The French carrier performed its final Boeing 737-operated flight between Turin and Paris Charles de Gaulle yesterday (11 June).

Operating under flight number AF1703, the final service carried 89 passengers and was captained by Air France 737 division chief Eric Monlouis.

It was operated by a 106-seat 737-500, registered F-GJND, which entered service in December 1991 and has since accumulated over 34,300 flight hours.

The retirement marks the end of an era for Air France, which took delivery of its first 108-seat 737-200 on 31 January 1983. This was the initial example from a 12-strong order which was placed in late 1982.

By the end of the 1990s Air France operated 50 737s, comprising a mix of -200s, -300s and -500s, on its European and North African routes.

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