Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12866 posts, RR: 35
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 22343 times:
It's kind of academic, in that the newest 744 pax (with CAL) is two years old; all 744s now in production of scheduled, until the 747-8 is delivered, are freighters.
450 is a very respectable production run for a large aircraft. The 747 is already at around 1,380 deliveries and the combined 747 order book must be close to 1,500 - if it hasn't exceeded it already.
I'm really pleased that the 747 has found a new lease of life in the -8; there's a lot of airplanes I really like (A340, 777, 767, A310), one I detest with a passion (BAe 146), but there's only one greatest ... and that's the 747. It should go out on a high and I hope the 747-8 is a huge success.
Steeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9369 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 22205 times:
I would like to hop on one when I go to Japan or China... as soon as I am able to afford that...
I will never forget that time I was at the end of the C concourse at PIT and was staring right up at a BA 744. That was the closest I ever got to a 747. Just staring up at this colossal piece of equipment, with those massive 8-foot air intakes on those engines.
I was 9 years old at the time...
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Jfk777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 8921 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 20609 times:
The 744 is truly a majestic lady, I enjoyed several rides om her in the upper Deck on some the world's best airlines in her upper deck. Flying Business Class on Qantas and Singapore Airlines have been among my more memorable trips, getting there is really half the fun. It will be quite some time before the existing 744 passenger fleet is replaced. As beautiful as the 777 is a 744 she isn't.
HighFlyer9790 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 20330 times:
Well, this is truely a sad annoucement for me. Ive loved the 747 all my life and now, its gone. of course, there is the 747-8 , but the 747-400 was the last 747 to reatin its orginal landmarks: 231 ft long, triple slotted flap, landing gear, etc. I hope more airlines order ther 747-8I Pax, because the day the 747 family is retired, a part of me will be numb.
Quoting Amritpal (Reply 15): thats a sad announcement. i liked the 747. wonderful plane. although sat in it only couple times, but admire it. waiting for 747i.
I don't see why people would mourn this as if a funeral dirge were playing. It is, after all, being replaced by a superior derivative. It would be different if the 747 were being discontinued altogether. Did you two also shed tears for the 772A?
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Deltajet757 From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 18018 times:
I'm sad to hear that the pax 744 is going out of production but it still has life; the 747-8.
I remember my first flight on a 744. And yes it was a 744 because I remember whining to my dad about going up on the upper deck. Back then the 747 was about the only plane I could identify and have evidense to prove that it was in fact a 747.
Tristarfreak From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 125 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 17887 times:
WOW I new it was coming but I had no idea this soon I would thought they would wait until at least ext year or sometime closer to the 747-8 pax launch but I guess the 773ER just ran (or flew ) it straight out of the production (who knew there would be competing planes both made by Boeing :S)
PM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 7125 posts, RR: 63
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 17715 times:
An amazing plane - and a great success for Boeing. I've (so far) flown on 747-400s in the colours of
and I hope there are many more to come. It'd be nice to add SAA and NZ to get the full (but small) set of pax 744s with RR but I suspect I've missed my chance.
Still, if ever a sub-model of an airliner deserved the title "classic" the 747-400 is it.
The 747-100 entered service promising to revolutionise air travel. Arguably, it wasn't really until the -400 that this became a reality. It has been huge fleets of -400s rather than any -100s, -200s or -300s that have shifted squillions of people around the planet.
Outside of the USA, are there any significant long-haul operators that never ordered or operated the 747-400? It depends how you choose to define "significant" but I can't immediately think of any.