Tullamarine From Australia, joined Aug 1999, 1625 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 8 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2073 times:
The 744 will continue for a few more years yet but it is undoubtedly nearing the twilight of its production life. Boeing has virtually conceded that further substantial development of the aircraft is unlikely and a combination of the A380 above and the 777/A340 below must naturally mean its market will decline.
A further problem now confronting the 747 is that with Boeing stopping further major development it is unlikely it will ever achieve Chapter 4 noise standards. This will mean that it will continue to be affected by curfew restrictions at airports such as LHR, SYD etc. The A380 must achieve Chapter 4 (contractual requirement of SQ and QF) so it will not be curfew restricted. This difference will be a key attraction for airlines going forward.
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8031 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (13 years 8 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2045 times:
I personally think that the 747 production will continue, primarily the 747-400F versions.
We may see more sales of the 747-400 Longer Range, though. I won't be surprised if UA and NW each order 12-15 planes for use on their very longest routes. This could mean UA will fly JFK-HKG with less pax/cargo restrictions and NW may fly MSP-HKG or DTW-HKG with these new planes.
RonE From Israel, joined Jan 2001, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2029 times:
The only sad thing is, as great a plane as the 747-400 is (and it truly is a wonderful plane which is my one favouite!), we probably won't see it's older siblings any more in the not too distant future, namely the 200 and 300 version. The 200 IMHO, is the classiest version and the one that will most prominently spring to mind (at least MY mind) whenever I think of the all time classic "Jumbo Jet".