Delivery of the first Boeing 747 forty years ago

Saturday 20, March 2010


Delivery of the first Boeing 747 forty years ago


On 20 March 1970, in Seattle, United States, Air France took delivery of its very first Boeing 747, which at the time was the world's biggest civil aircraft. The aircraft, registration F-BPVA, was ferried back to Paris-Orly a few days later. After operating on Air France's entire long-haul network, the F-BPVA retired from the Air France fleet in 1992.



In 1976, this aircraft appeared in the film "La Bonne année" (Happy New Year), painted with the Alitalia livery. Air France was one of the first airlines to operate the Boeing 747 which gradually replaced the Boeing 707. 40 years later, Air France is the first airline in the world to operate the biggest superjumbo ever, the A380, on its transatlantic flights between Europe and the United States and to Africa, operating some of the Paris - New York and Paris - Johannesburg routes.


On 30 September 2009, Air France's long-haul fleet comprised 102 aircraft, with:

  • 19 Airbus A340-300s
  • 15 Airbus A330-200s
  • 13 Boeing 747-400s
  • 55 Boeing 777-200s and 777-300s




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