RamblinMan From United States of America, joined Oct 2010, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 8 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5427 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, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 8 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5375 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 (1 year 8 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5334 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, 366 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5327 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.
"I do not yet know of a man who became a leader as a result of having undergone a leadership course." - Lee Kuan Yew
CXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2750 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (1 year 8 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 5275 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW CHAT OPERATOR
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, 3812 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (1 year 8 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5078 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).
I'm tired of being a wanna-be league bowler. I wanna be a league bowler!
Luxair From Netherlands, joined Jan 2001, 857 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4407 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, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4394 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, 2175 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4352 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, 741 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4296 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, 2838 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 4168 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.
A landing EVERYONE can walk away from, is a good landing.
RussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7757 posts, RR: 21
Reply 21, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3260 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.
✈ Every strike of the hammer is a blow against the enemy. ✈
L0VE2FLY From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 1695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 6 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3240 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, 21261 posts, RR: 60
Reply 23, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3108 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.
HOOB747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 460 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2977 times:
I came to the United States in 1971 as a 2 year-old adopted child from Seoul. And I arrived into Seattle on a Northwest Orient 747-100. Seoul to Tokyo NW flight # 22 and Tokyo to Seattle NW flight # 4. Although I don't remember the flight, I have always loved the 747, my favorite airplane. That iconic hump, those elegant lines. That cute nose. I love her. Out of my 250 flight segments, I count 30 on the 747 variants (741-742-744-748).
AZA330 From Italy, joined Feb 2004, 295 posts, RR: 0
Reply 26, posted (1 year 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2951 times:
I only flew on the 744 once, BA from LHR to IAH.
This was before Terminal 5B and 5C at LHR were fully operational, so we boarded from the bus, going up the stairs. I believe this was the best way to board a Boeing 747 because you really get to appreciate how big the plane is.
I was sitting in the upper deck, and I got to enjoy the privacy and quietness of it. Though much smaller than the "usual" wide-body cabin, it still felt wide and spacious. Also, this was my one chance to get to visit the cockpit. I asked if it was possible to do so, and they welcomed me in for a few minutes as they were preparing for the departure. The third pilot actually spent a little time with me even showing me the route for the day. He said that, in spite of how big the plane is, it flies really gently and smoothly. Very true. It was one of my best flights.
DarkSnowyNight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1515 posts, RR: 3
Reply 28, posted (1 year 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2746 times:
Quoting megatop (Reply 14): My last to day was in april 2013 on a KLM 747-400 Combi from AMS to LAX.
Was it Karachi? I seem to draw that one a lot...
Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 16): The Majestic appearence of the type standing on the tarmac......The silent start up of its engines......
I definitely agree with the 1st part. One of the things I do enjoy about my time at LAX is that there are always at least a few of these around.
As for the 2nd part, I can only guess you mean from the inside?
I used to love pushing out the BA744s (back when I was at DFW; these days if I'm ever actually catching a line, it's far more likely to be PR, LH, Air China Cargo or KL). I realize that PAX think these are large aircraft from the inside, but it's quite another thing to walk alongside a moving example. It really does seem a lot more like putting a container ship into a channel than pushing just another airliner out of the alley. I know I'm carrying on about this, but you really can't get away from the size of it.
And then startup... I singled out BA's as their RB211s are quite a different sound than the CF6s or PW4000s, and IMHO, altogether more awesome. With the interphone jack plugged in and headset on, there really isn't much to hear at first. In fact, the sound of breathing is almost enough to overwhelm the PACKs (which without hearing protection sound like a herd of Banshees; they are unusually loud and high pitched on the 747).
There are a few things I liked about this. First, as with any type, hearing the PACKs wind down. If you're really into this airplane stuff, the feeling here as that noise goes away is the same as when the lights dim and the curtains go up at any other live performance. Only here, I think this is amplified as there is a lot of noise being dumped, and a lot more about to happen. Starting from #4 leftward, a sound like a tire valve whooshing as the engine begins to turn. Soon and evenly replaced by a high pitched but barely audible fluttering, it really doesn't last long. Following up closely, a deep, persistent thrumming as the stage one's begin to turn for real. My personal favorite is on a windy day; watching the windmill effect reversed as wind up becomes self sustaining.
The auditory sensation is difficult to reproduce, although the closest I've ever heard was the alien machine start-up sequence in the 2005 reboot of War of the Worlds. The bass effect is sufficient to vibrate your boots if you lift them from the ground.
But the absolute best is when we'd get some Captain who was cool with shutting down all three PACKs at once, instead of in sequence. The resultant air charge would make an unholy "bang" sound upon start-up, somewhere between a back-fire and the sound a dumpster might make if you dropped it from a two-story building. Can't really say why, but the whole sequence is just about enough to make one's day.
So, yeah, I'll miss all that.
I think also what I will miss is how personalized 744s tend to be. Like with any airframe, there are certain things always in the same places and done the same way. But with the 744, airlines seem to have a bit more than normal wrt the layout. A purser station right under the stairs on a BA machine might be in a completely different spot on a KL example. Some airlines feature only Y class upstairs, some J/C or Y+. FC layouts are full of all manner of variety as well. Then you have the sidelong galleys a la KL, or even a whole section walled off for freight.
As well the F variants also seem to have every different type of layout in their humps, with the BCFs being the most interesting (IMHO of course).
I'll also miss the FD layout, to some small extent. Maybe others here can chime in on this one, but to me, the 744 at least seems easier to taxi than anything from the 737NG family. While it is a tight fit up there, the visibility was always better than I expected, and especially at close to dead weight, having 16 brake sets certainly helped with handling. Anyway, I'm rambling, so we'll cut this short(er).
As a PAX, I have to say it's similar to experiences I've had on other large widebodies. You have good airlines and not as good ones as we all know. Some layouts though, are especially nice (I'm actually pretty fond of BA's Y+ being ahead of J and behind F on some of their units), and the fact that there are galleys and monuments all over the place gives a more intimate feeling than say a 787, which by comparison feels like sitting in a cheap cafeteria. As always, YMMV.