History of the Boeing 747 as the Last Boeing 747 Rolls Off the Production Line

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Boeing’s 747 is one the most recognizable and beloved aircraft to take to the skies with its iconic hump, four engines, extensive landing gear and sheer size, but it’s last delivery will occur in early 2023 to Atlas Air (CNBC). YouTube Tips ⓘ

Since its first commercial flight in 1970, the Boeing 747 jumbo jet has flown more than 3.5 billion passengers. However, during the last few decades, airlines have looked for more ways to cut costs and to make airplanes more efficient, and customer demand for non-stop flights to more cities has increased. Two engine jets can now fly near the same capacity and further than older four engine planes like Boeing’s 747 and the Airbus A380. However, a four-engine jet is safer than a two-engine jet. CNBC visited Boeing’s Everett, Washington factory to see the last 747 roll off the production line. The Boeing 747 will go to Atlas Air for cargo deliveries.

Boeing 747 facts …

First commercial flight in 1970.

Boeing 747 has flown 3.5 billion passengers.

1,574 Boeing 747s have been built for over 100 customers.

A Boeing 747-800 in 2022 cost $400 million.

Joe Sutter led the design team, and was known as the Father of the 747.

Boeing 747s needed 14 flight attendants.

The last new passenger Boeing 747 in 2017.

There are 396 Boeing 747s still in service …

311 freight aircraft

44 passenger aircraft

41 VIP aircraft

Source: Cirium (as of December 20, 2022)

Lufthansa has 25 in its fleet while five other airlines also are using the Boeing 747.

Atlas Air, which has the largest fleet of Boeing 747s, will take the last delivery of a Boeing 747 freighter in early 2023.

Air Force 1 taking off from O'Hare International Airport in 2011.
Air Force 1 taking off from O’Hare International Airport in 2011.
JAL Boeing 747 takeoff from O'Hare International Airport in July 2010
JAL Boeing 747 takeoff from O’Hare International Airport in July 2010.



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