Carpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2940 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 8402 times:
Similar to the A300 situation, the last pax 744 will probably be the China Airlines airframe delivered last year. The rest of the way will likely be 744Fs.
Last 744 should be late 2009 when the 748F deliveries commence.
Kiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8541 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 5659 times:
Quoting Cun757 (Reply 7): This beauty cant go away, if that happens aviation is going to change...
Aviation always changes .... and I am sure that there were people who said "This beauty can't go away" about the Constellation , the Caravelle .... and , of course , Concorde - but they did ... one day ( hopefully not for a long time ) so will the 744 .
Moderation in all things ... including moderation ;-)
Mav75 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 228 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3134 times:
I don't think anyone has anything to worry about. I'd bet that the majority of the 744's currently flying in pax configs would be able to continue to do so for another 15-20 years without breaking a sweat. After that time, they'd make excellent box haulers or startup aircraft for future LCC's. And in 2040, or whenever the last 744 should happen to disappear, there will still be plently of 748's still in the prime of their careers.
The 747 isn't going away anytime soon...if they ever do, I hope it won't be in my lifetime!