RamblinMan From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4920 times:
I'll miss having shoulder space once 10-across on the 777 becomes the industry standard. Other than that, don't really care. Gonna be hard to miss the unique seating areas in the upper deck and nose since I hardly ever fly anything but Y class in the first place.
CdnCactus From Canada, joined Mar 2013, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4868 times:
I can't even say exactly why I'd miss the 744, other than I'll miss it. That's illogical sentiment for you. So illogical that for the longest time I've thought it's because our family arrived in Canada eons ago on a 747, and therefore it's special to me. NOPE, that was a DC-10. D'oh!
I still love the 744 for trans-Pacific flights, just because.
usctrojan18 From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4827 times:
I've never flown on one, but I remember when my dad and I would come down to SAN and wait until 5PM or so for the BA747. It was something we did almost everyday and the 747 has been my favorite plane ever since. There is just something about seeing a 747 lift off slowly from the runway or watching it's wheels hit the runway and seeing the smoke rise from it. It's hard to explain, but I know some of you may feel the same way about seeing the Queen of the Skies in action and it will be a truly sad day when the 747s wheels touch down for a final time. I know the 747-8 is still around, but with the new A350, 787-10, and 777x coming out, I feel the coffin for the 747 is slowly being made and it's a shame that they will probably be gone before 2040. Oh well, I love all 747s and I'm planning on flying to Europe this spring on either Virgin Atlantic, BA, Lufthansa, or United (out of SFO), just to fly on a 747. Long live the Queen of the Skies
SIA747Megatop From Singapore, joined Apr 2012, 248 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4820 times:
The business class upper deck and the first class nose section. Especially in SQ's configuration where there was only 1 seat right at the front of the aircraft. I'll never forget my flights in seat 1B. There's a lot more character about the F at the front of the 747 than the 777.
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CXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2543 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (8 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4768 times:
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The sheer beauty of it. I still think it is the best looking subsonic commercial airliner ever built, despite the arrival of the 747-8.
The 747 is an icon. My very first flight was in an SQ 747-300. Boarding the jumbo via the stairs at Kai Tak airport, it became apparent just how massive the jumbo jet is! I still remember almost every detail from that flight. My first four flights were all on 747s, but after 45 flights, I have amassed only 8 legs on a 747 variant.
As for the 747-400, I have flown on that three times and loved every second of every flight. Each of my 744 flights had been exceptionally smooth, so either it was just luck or the 744s handle turbulence very well.
I may be a self confessed "777 fanboy", but the 747, particularly the 747-400, will always hold a special place in my heart. I'm old enough to remember when they were brand spanking new, and seeing it for the first time in the old CX green and white stripe livery was definitely a "wow" moment for me. I had a poster of VR-HOP when I was a kid. Don't know where it is now, but if I ever dig it up again, I think I'll frame it to protect it from further damage.
I'm still yet to log a 747-400ER or 747-8, so hopefully I'll get a chance to do that before too long. I have also yet to experience the upper deck of a 747, and that's something I must do before they're all gone.
spacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3524 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (8 months 18 hours ago) and read 4571 times:
I also just miss the way it looks. It really is just perfectly proportioned, and both graceful and strong looking at the same time.
Interior-wise, I will miss the feeling of space. I haven't flown on an A380 so I don't know how it compares, but I am not sure with two levels (and what I'd have to think are lower ceilings) that it could really compete with the 744 in this regard. Other planes may be longer as well, but with the split cabins every airline uses, length doesn't really translate to a feeling of space.
I'll miss the landings too. The 747 has always had a gentle but firm feel to it when it lands - which came from those extra bogeys behind the main gear. The 777 and other planes have never felt as "sure footed", even though some of them typically seem to land a lot firmer.
There are things I *won't* miss about the 744 too, though (especially the noise; it's definitely noisier inside than the 777 at any given location in the cabin).
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Luxair From Netherlands, joined Jan 2001, 835 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3900 times:
As a passenger I miss as you said the cosy upper deck the most and of course the comfort in general of that aircraft! Flying by ex., in KL's or BA and even CI's upper deck Business Class gave me always that special feeling that I've paid for something superior at least that was my own experience. Having been on multiple airlines, on different aircraft types (B777's,Md11's, A330's, ect.,) in Business Class, the 747 pops always out as an experience on his own who stays printed in my memory forever! No other aircraft came close to this feeling.
Kuja From Bermuda, joined Aug 2013, 76 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3887 times:
Echoing the comments above, the unique cabin zones of the nose and the upper deck. There is nothing else quite like it. An A346 or an A380 may be quieter, but they cannot touch the 747 for its feeling of exclusivity in those zones.
That and the feeling of imperiousness from the lofty heights of the flight deck.
MSPNWA From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1832 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (7 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3845 times:
Well I can't compare it to an A38 inside, but I do know that I will miss the cabin of the 744. The bigger the better for me. The larger the cabin area, the more comfortable I am. And to me the seats way in the back of coach are an experience that is totally unique.
From a spotting point of view, no other airliner is as elegant or impressive as a 747 to me. It's sad to see most of them flying into the sunset.
neutrino From Singapore, joined May 2012, 588 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 3789 times:
My first jumbojet flight was on a SQ 742 in 1980 and it was not till thirteen years later that I finally got on a 744.
Since then, have flown on it with various airlines upwards of a dozen times, with the most memorable being on a Cathay bird from BKK to SIN. There were two of us travelling together and we happened to be the only two passengers given a free upgrade to the nose section, with the Y class being slightly overbooked. That was my first and only occasion in that exclusive front cabin. Beside us, there were five other occupants, with two of them being Hasselblad-toting thirty-something Thai monks.
A truly unique experience and the most luxurious air travel mode I have ever been on; with the bottom end of the scale being nestled on a flip-down bench with nylon mesh straps of a C-130B loaded with tons of cargo crates.
TWA772LR From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 1185 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3661 times:
I've only flown once on a 747. It was a UA 747-400 SFO-SYD. After spending all day at the United Club in SFO watching planes takeoff, I was dying to get on it. I flew on the *A 744.
I will miss the sheer grandeur of the airplane. It was always a lifelong goal of mine to fly in her, and that dream finally came true. My favorite plane maybe the 777, the the 744 definitely gained a larger softspot in my heart.
RussianJet From Kyrgyzstan, joined Jul 2007, 7638 posts, RR: 21
Reply 21, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2753 times:
First longhaul flight I ever took was on a JAL 744, so that's one great memory (particularly when the FAs let us plunder the upper deck of goodies - that impressed us as kids!).
I also echo the sentiments about looks, particularly the fact that it's such a well-proportioned bird. It's graceful, yet huge and thoroughly impressive to watch. At the moment I see a lot of 744Fs coming to and going from STN, and I always love seeing them take to the skies. They're always low as they fly past the town on takeoff, which adds to the interest.
Hope they'll be around for a good while yet.
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L0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1164 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (6 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2733 times:
* Her iconic looks, even those who have absolutely no interest in aviation can easily recognize the mighty 747.
* The beautiful winglets. No airliner has winglets that even come close to the beauty of the 744's, except the A330/340.
* The large windows with traditional window shades, I can't imagine flying on the new breed of airliners with electronic window dimmers that enable the crew to override the pax and darken the windows however, whenever they like! This one obviously applies to other types of airliners, not only the 744.
Quoting aloges (Reply 3): Not much, if I get to keep flying on the 748...
There was a thread recently about LH planning to retire theirs prematurely, I hope they won't do so as soon as they get their hands on the 77X.
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 18710 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (6 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2601 times:
The noise those fans make as they spool up.
The arc of the wings as she rotates.
The sheer size of the wing outside the window.
The sense that you are stepping into a moving building and not just an airplane.
Watching the engines bobble and bounce on their pylons in turbulence.
The elegant, understated, functional design of the interior fittings.
But for me, the 744 connects me to the experience of flight a bit better than the newer, more polished birds. The 787 gives a better, smoother, cleaner-feeling ride and the A330 is so very quiet inside. But the 744, when it is loaded to MTOW (like SFO-SYD) and rumbling down the runway has a feeling of connectedness to the airplane, as if every passenger is helping to will her forward. Something I don't think any plane other than a 747 will ever have.