Israel’s El Al Bids Farewell to its 747 Fleet with Sky Art Tribute Off Cyprus



Israel’s official airline El Al said goodbye to its 747 fleet on Sunday with a sky-art tribute above the Mediterranean Sea between Crete and Cyprus.

Its most common type of aircraft used in 48 years of service, El Al wanted to bid a fond farewell to its iconic 747’s with a very special tribute.

The flight departed Rome and flew toward Tel Aviv before descending to 10,000 feet southwest of Cyprus and beginning to make its outline in the sky. The 747 4X-ELC completed the drawing of itself in 1 hour 45 minutes, covering an area of 29,950 square kilometers.

El Al’s final flight using Boeing 747’s was flown by a 4X-ELC belonging to the 747-400 class, which was delivered to the airline in May of 1995. After nearly 25 years of reliable service, it became the last El Al 747 to ever carry passengers.