All Nippon Airways (ANA) has retired its final Boeing 747SR-100, the first aircraft to carry over 500 passengers.

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The aircraft's final flight (NH 624) touched down at Tokyo's Haneda Airport at 13:59 today after arriving from the southern city of Kagoshima. The 747SR-100, dubbed "Super Jumbo", entered into service with ANA in 1979, when it was configured in a world first all-economy 500 seats (pictured in original livery above).

To mark the event, ANA ground crew and cabin attendants wore 1970s uniforms and passengers were given 1970s-style boarding cards in addition to magnetic stripe cards (pictured below).

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Passengers were invited to write sayonara, or adieu, messages on the airframe as they alighted in Tokyo.

At its peak in 1989, ANA's 747SR-100 fleet comprised 23 aircraft. The carrier now operates a fleet of 23 Boeing 747-400s, 10 of which are configured with high-density cabins as “-400 Domestics” for the airline’s Japanese routes.

Source: Flight International