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The clock is ticking down towards retirement of Qantas' Boeing 747 fleet in 2020, but the airline is planning to treat frequent flyers with a series of exclusive 'Points Plane' flights on the iconic jumbo.
Inspired by the success of the Airbus A380 Points Plane initiative, Australian Business Traveller understands that a similar treatment will be extended to the 'Queen of the Skies'.
These farewell flights for the Boeing 747 would see every seat from tip to tail reserved for frequent flyers to book with their points.
Qantas has been steadily phasing out its historic Boeing 747 fleet in favour of the advanced and fuel-efficient Boeing 787, with a second wave of factory-fresh Boeing 787s seeing the jumbo's staged retirement by the end of 2020 as Qantas celebrates its 100th anniversary.
The stalwart Boeing 747 of Sydney-San Francisco will be replaced by a Dreamliner in December 2019; Qantas is also considering the Boeing 787 for the long jumbo flights to Johannesburg and Santiago, while an Airbus A380 superjumbo could be earmarked for Sydney-Tokyo.
Qantas began flying the Boeing 747 in 1971, with early models sporting a rather groovy lounge on the upper deck.
Dubbed the Captain Cook lounge, the 15-seat lounge managed to combine a nautical theme honouring the nation's foremost European discoverer with a then-chic colour scheme of orange, checks and woodgrains.