It is indeed the most iconic passenger aircraft ever made which changed air travel. The Boeing 747, also known as the "Jumbo Jet" and "Queen of the Skies", is indeed a beauty, even up to now. It used to also be one of the most widely used aircraft but today, she is slowly becoming a rare sight in the skies as airlines have opted for twin-engine ETOPS rated ultra-long range aircraft.
It used to be also a common sight in the Philippines as Philippine Airlines operated them for more than 30 years leading up to its retirement in 2014. Today, it is rare to catch a passenger version of the 747 but it is not too late to ride the Queen while she is still around.
The Boeing 747 has been around for 50 years and had undergone different revisions and versions beginning with the 747-100, 747-200, 747 SP, 747-300, 747-400, and the latest version, the 747-8. The jumbo can also be used as a freighter aircraft, something which the A380 cannot do or was not designed to do. The 747-8F, the freighter version of the latest 747 is a choice of huge cargo companies like Cargolux.
We now list down airlines that operate 747s and where they fly the mighty jumbo for you to hopefully get to ride her for the last time before all are retired. This is subject to change based on the airlines's schedule.
747-400: Beijing (China) to Shanghai (China) and Guangzhou (China)
747-8I: Beijing to San Francisco (USA) and New York (USA)
747-400: Mumbai to Hyderabad (India), Hyderabad to Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Cochin (India) to Jeddah
747-400: Seoul Incheon (South Korea) to Manila (Philippines), Taipei (Taiwan), Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang (Vietnam)
747-400: London Heathrow (United Kingdom) to New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, Boston (USA), Toronto (Canada), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Beijing (China), and Cape Town (South Africa)
747-400: Taipei (Taiwan) to Naha (Japan), Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Beijing, and Hong Kong
747-400: Paris Orly Airport to Saint-Denis (Reunion), Pointe-a-Pitre (Guadeloupe), and Port Louis (Mauritius)
El Al Israel Airlines
747-400 (to be retired by end of 2019): Tel Aviv (Israel) to New York, Bangkok, Paris, and London
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
747-400: Amsterdam Schiphol (Netherlands) to: Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York JFK, San Francisco, Toronto, Paramaribo, Willemstad (Curacao), Hong Kong, Seoul Incheon, Nairobi
747-400: Seoul Incheon to Manila, Prague, Osaka, Tokyo, and Shenyang (China)
747-8I: Seoul Incheon to Atlanta, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, Honolulu, Frankfurt
747-400: Mumbai, Orlando, Osaka, Rio de Janeiro , Seoul , Shanghai, Tehran, Toronto, Vancouver
747-8I: Bangalore, Boston, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Mexico City, New York JFK, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Washington D.C.
747-400: Sydney (Australia) to Honolulu (Hawaii), Johannesburg, San Francisco, Santiago de Chile, Tokyo Haneda, and Vancouver
747-400: Bangkok to Phuket, Bali, Munich, Mumbai, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo Haneda
747-400: London Gatwick to Bridgetown, Cancun, Montego Bay, and Orlando. Manchester to Atlanta, New York, and Orlando. Glasgow to Orlando
747-400: Madrid to Cancun and Punta Cana
Please note that all these are subject to change, depending on airline scheduling and fleet planning. If you plan to book a B747 flight, please make sure with your airline that you would be flying the aircraft. Don't forget to read your flight details too! As far as we know, there are still other airlines aside from in this list operating 747s.
Time to ride the Queen while she is still around!
(All photos courtesy of Wikimedia)