Boeing receives last 747 order, ending production of the storied airliner

Boeing receives last 747 order, ending production of the storied airliner


Cargo can be quickly loaded into the 747 Free Fighter thanks to its swing up nose.

Atlas Air

Aviation geeks We know that the day had been coming since July, but on Monday Boeing confirmed that it would cease production of its 747 jumbo jet next year. To roll out of the last plane Large factory That Boeing was purposely built for Double decker aircraft more than 50 years ago It will be four 747-8 freight charge Ordered by Atlas Air.

With a price of approximately $ 149 million, the aircraft will be heavy and taxed Important job Air cargo flights around the world. However the 747’s passenger version with its ladder and oh-so-exclusive upper deck won the aircraft off right. Sky queen, It is perfectly fitting that the leading airliner will end up on a freezer note.

Boeing developed the passenger version of the giant aircraft only after losing a competition to build a large military transport for the US Air Force in 1965. (Lockheed won that battle with its plan for the C5A Galaxy) Produced by Pan Am, Boeing redesigned its transport concept to carry people instead.

After it became a best seller with commercial airlines, the 747’s success as a freighter was not only due to its huge size (747-8 137.7 metric tons of cargo could fit for freight), but also because of its The swinging nose allowed for easy cargo loading. Airbus tries to push Boeing ahead of its cargo version Even bigger A380, But it never got a buyer.

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Boeing has already finished production 747-8 intercontinental Passenger version, and both this and Previous 747 versions These days there are an incredibly rare sight in the sky. Airlines were already retiring the aircraft over the years, but when Kovid-19 Epidemic Fast Winding journey Worldwide, the last few commercial 747s landed for good.

Boeing says it will deliver the last aircraft to Atlas Air in 2022. Since the first 747 flight on February 9, 1969, Boeing has produced 1,560 747 aircraft.

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