PM From Namibia, joined Feb 2005, 7274 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4433 times:
Where to start?
They are still buying freighters in respectable numbers and - if Boeing keep making it - they will do for some time to come.
But you are right that sales of the passenger model are dwindling. Boeing themselves would say that it proves their theory that airlines and passengers want point-to-point flights on necessarily smaller planes.
Another factor is that there are now credible alternatives. The A340-600 and 777-300ER can carry (almost) as many pax as the 747.
It may also be that it's just showing its age. (Aren't we all?) After all, it's basically a sixties design.
NumberTwelve From Germany, joined Dec 2004, 1431 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4340 times:
Emrecan, just check the seat capacity of modern planes and compare to the 747. There's not that big difference. So, as Scanorama already wrote, airlines choose modern fuel efficient planes such as 330, 340 and T7.
If B doesn't build the 747 ADV, they can forget the production line for the 747 - but I'm sure they will build the ADV.
Spike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1170 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4307 times:
Correctb me if I'm wrong, but the 747 should be the LCCs aircraft of choice. Plenty in the desert, high volume pax load, flies like one, and popular with passengers. The 747 is the LCC A380 or the Japs have got this wrong over the decades.
Eilennaei From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4218 times:
Long story short:
1) cargo operations are increasing at a far faster rate than passenger operations, and offer better yield;
2) used gargo-configured/configurable 747s are available in numbers
= the need for new passenger 747s is low relative to supply.