Cut from the fuselage skin of former Cathay Pacific Boeing 747, B-HOP, these tags measure approximately 75 x 45mm (3 x 1.5”). Each one is unique, so expect the odd scratch or chip to the paintwork. Supplied with a sturdy lobster claw.
Manufacturer Serial Number 23815, VR-HOP first flew on 2nd May 1989 and was the first 400 series Boeing 747 delivered to Cathay Pacific Airways Hong Kong base on 8th June. She served her entire career with the airline and was withdrawn from service on 31st August 2014. The aircraft was re-registered as B-HOP in 1997 when the Territory returned to Chinese rule.
She was among the final departure from Kai Tak on 6th July 1998 and flew her final journey to Bruntingthorpe, Leicestershire on 17th September 2014 having amassed some 120 000 flight hours and reportedly having travelled 52,986,150 miles (enough to get to the moon and back 111 times!)
Parted out and scrapped in the following months, her flight deck was salvaged however, and now lives on as an eye-catching feature in the reception area of the Headland Hotel at Cathay City, at Hong Kong International Airport. Aerotiques acquired a number of fuselage sections from this aircraft to produce a limited number of mementos.
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