Cathay Pacific announces farewell flyover for 'Queen of the skies' 747

747 passing Hong Kong skyscrapers

To commemorate the retirement of the iconic Boeing 747-400 from its passenger fleet, Cathay Pacific will operate a special charity flight for its staff on Saturday October 8.

In a statement on its website, the company said that the Civil Aviation Department has approved a 60-minute flight, including a flyover of Victoria Harbour, giving the Hong Kong public one final opportunity to bid farewell to the "Queen of the skies."

The money raised by staff donations will be donated to the Hong Kong Breast Cancer Foundation.

The flight is scheduled to take off from Hong Kong International Airport at 10.30am and will head east over Victoria Harbour, passing the former Kai Tak Airport before flying out over the Lei Yue Mun Gap.

Cathay has advised that the best vantage points from which to view the flight include the Peak, Lion Rock, Kennedy Town promenade, Tamar, the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, Golden Bauhinia Square, MegaBox and the Tsing Ma Bridge Observation Deck.

Members of the public are invited to share their photos of the historic flight using the hashtag #Cathay747. Any fans sharing their photos on the official Cathay Pacific Facebook page will be in with a chance of winning a 747-8F aircraft model, signed by the late Joe Sutter, the Boeing engineer behind the development of the original 747, who died in August.

The 747 first joined Cathay pacific's passenger fleet in 1979.

Photograph: Daryl Chapman

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