AFA salutes 747 'Queen of the Skies'

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) bids farewell to the Boeing 747 today, affectionately known as “Queen of the Skies,” and recalls the safety advancements, heroic actions amid tragic events and personal connections aboard our first and most distinct jumbo jet, the group said.

More than twice as large as the next largest aircraft when it took its first flight in 1969, the history of the B747 is interwoven with the history of modern aviation, and the history of aviation safety and security.

AFA has had its own rich history with the B747 since its first flight. The plane ushered in a new era in commercial aviation with its upper deck and its instantly recognizable hump. Throughout its decades in service, AFA Flight Attendants from numerous carriers have flown the Queen of the Skies

The Association of Flight Attendants is the Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the provider of advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 72 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit