Yesterday ANA ended 35 years of continuous B747 operations, Boeing 747-400D JA8961 operating the final service from Okinawa’s Naha Airport to Tokyo-Haneda where it greased the tarmac for the last time at 15:13 local time.

It also marks the end of passenger 747 operations in Japan, during which ANA and JAL operated every variant of the B747 produced including the -SR and -400D produced specifically to service the high density Japanese market. The 747’s capacity and reliability created a unique niche facilitated by the growing Japanese economy and tourism during the 80s and 90s.

I thought it was a wonderful aircraft. There is no comparison” – ANA’s CEO, Osamu Shinobe.