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Boeing Delivers Last B747-400  
User currently offlineFauzi From Brunei, joined Jul 2005, 219 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 23499 times:

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...elivers-last-of-original-747s.html

The last B747 is a -400ERF (MSN 37304), was delivered to LoadAir of Kuwait. What a historic chapter for the B744.

Can't wait for the B748!   

[Edited 2009-12-22 07:36:34]

[Edited 2009-12-22 07:54:57]


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User currently offlineTrystero From Portugal, joined Oct 2008, 247 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 23504 times:

Yes, but it will live in the skies (and in our hearts) for a long time...

Merry Christmas everybody.  santahat 



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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31132 posts, RR: 85
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 23504 times:
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Well, last of the "747 Classics".  Wink

Deliveries of the "747 Next Generation" should begin sometime in 2010.  crossfingers 


User currently offline413X3 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1983 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 22244 times:

Last original 747s? Wouldn't that be the -100/200/300 models?

User currently offlineAF1624 From France, joined Jul 2006, 665 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 17327 times:



Quoting 413X3 (Reply 5):
Last original 747s? Wouldn't that be the -100/200/300 models?

Yes but I think what he meant by "Original" 747 is the 747's from the 20th century.

He means that "old generation" can now refer to everything that's been built before the (not so IMO) revolutionnary 747-8.

I'm surprised to see it's the last 747-400 to have been built and delivered. I thought they would continue building and selling 744s up until production of 748 would start.

Anyways, it's really not that big of a deal because the 744s around the world will still keep flying for a very, very long time. It's just a shame that this beautiful bird won't be built any longer.



Cheers
User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 17231 times:



Quoting AF1624 (Reply 6):
Quoting 413X3 (Reply 5):
Last original 747s? Wouldn't that be the -100/200/300 models?

Yes but I think what he meant by "Original" 747 is the 747's from the 20th century.

I don't know. The 747-100/-200/-300 are the Classics, the 747-400/-400ER are the New Generation, and the 747-8 is the Next Generation (like with the 737s).  Wink


User currently offlineDaysleeper From UK - England, joined Dec 2009, 869 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 16925 times:

I think this is the end of an era personally. Without starting another debate if the 747i doesn’t receive more orders soon then I guess they are going to have to start planning what to do with the production line.

I understand the much of that 747 assembly is still done by hand - especially the fitting out, so this isn’t going to be a matter of turning off a few machines, there are going to be a lot of workers they will be paying to do nothing. Granted the freighter has a fair few orders, but it obviously doesn’t require an internal fit out so the question of what Boeing is going to do with these staff still stands.

I guess the only upside to this is we will be still able to admire this beautiful old bird for at least another 20 years.


User currently offlineStrandedinbgm From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 349 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 16422 times:



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 7):
Next Generation (like with the 737s)

What generation is the 747-9 going to be called?



It's 737s, 747s and 380s. Not 737's, 747's and 380's. Learn to use the apostrophe for crying out loud.
User currently offlineTootallsd From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 562 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 14340 times:
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Quoting Strandedinbgm (Reply 11):
What generation is the 747-9 going to be called?

I guess at this juncture, MIRACLE might be an apt moniker.


User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31692 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 14219 times:

Finally an end to a generation of the B747-400 series.
Looking fwd to the B748s.
regds
MEL.



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineDanfearn77 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2008, 1813 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 12914 times:



Quoting Tootallsd (Reply 12):
Quoting Strandedinbgm (Reply 11):
What generation is the 747-9 going to be called?

I guess at this juncture, MIRACLE might be an apt moniker.

Agreed! 77W replacement after this and the 787 would be a better path in my opinion.



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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31132 posts, RR: 85
Reply 11, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 12855 times:
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Quoting Strandedinbgm (Reply 11):
What generation is the 747-9 going to be called?

It will be the "Lazarusliner".  Silly


User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 12482 times:



Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 13):
Finally an end to a generation of the B747-400 series.
Looking fwd to the B748s.

- Why Boeing call it the 747-500 Series?

And yes, it still freezing in HFY,

David



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User currently offlineCaryjack From United States of America, joined May 2007, 336 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 9880 times:



Quoting AF1624 (Reply 4):
I'm surprised to see it's the last 747-400 to have been built and delivered. I thought they would continue building and selling 744s up until production of 748 would start.

I'm not sure what you mean here. As I recall from a Boeing factory tour, I saw four or five 744Fs on the FAL (final assembly line) while 748F wings and tail fins were being constructed at other work stations. I understood that as the last 744 parts and assemblies were completed those work stations would be converted to 748 stations. We were told that once the last 744F left the FAL the line would be shut down, cleaned up and readied for the 748s. I believe this change-over occurred during Christmas time last year.

Quoting AF1624 (Reply 4):
It's just a shame that this beautiful bird won't be built any longer.

This bird is being built as the 748i and the 748F, each of which will be as distinctive as the original.

Thanks, smile 
Cary


User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8542 times:

BTW, who got the last passenger 744?


R-E-S-P-E-C-T
User currently offlineNA From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10766 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 8011 times:



Quoting Aleksandar (Reply 14):
BTW, who got the last passenger 744?

China Airlines. In 2005.


User currently offlineAleksandar From Serbia, joined Jul 2000, 3236 posts, RR: 32
Reply 16, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 7859 times:



Quoting NA (Reply 15):
China Airlines. In 2005.

Thanks  bigthumbsup 



R-E-S-P-E-C-T
User currently offlineJayeshrulz From India, joined Apr 2007, 1029 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 6123 times:

Sad to see queen ending its reign...but she will pass on to her daughter ie.The 7478i which i think will be a start of another smart era....i will call the 7478 a macho....so he may be the son!! Big grin

Love live the 747!!



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User currently offline757GB From Uruguay, joined Feb 2009, 676 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 5015 times:

I recall reading sources from Boeing saying that the 747-8 would be the last model of the series. I hope not, but that's the plan...


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User currently offlineAllegro From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 236 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3887 times:



Quoting AF1624 (Reply 4):
I'm surprised to see it's the last 747-400 to have been built and delivered. I thought they would continue building and selling 744s up until production of 748 would start

They pretty much did ... not much time between the last 744 and the first 748. Moreover, they changed the factory floor layout to be more efficient, so they could not build 744's and 748's on the same line. Details here:

http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...or-switch-to-747-8-production.html

Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 12):
Why Boeing call it the 747-500 Series

The number 8 is considered lucky in certain Asian cultures and that region was considered to be a large part of the market for VLA's.

Quoting 757GB (Reply 18):
I recall reading sources from Boeing saying that the 747-8 would be the last model of the series. I hope not, but that's the plan...

Will miss her too but it will be OK to move on to Y3 after this ... which I see as a 777 and 747 replacement.



Flown on: DC-3, DC-8, DC-9, DC-10, MD-11, MD-80, MD-90, 707, 717, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, A300, A310, A320, A330,
User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 20, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 3791 times:



Quoting 757GB (Reply 18):
I recall reading sources from Boeing saying that the 747-8 would be the last model of the series. I hope not, but that's the plan...

I'm sure Boeing have not yet made a firm decision about exactly what will replace the 747-8, but it seems safe to say that it will be a twin and make extensive use of CFRP.


User currently offlineTiger119 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1919 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3259 times:



Quoting Allegro (Reply 19):
Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 12):
Why Boeing call it the 747-500 Series

The number 8 is considered lucky in certain Asian cultures and that region was considered to be a large part of the market for VLA's.

- I meant to ask why they did NOT call it the 500 series but thanks for understanding what I was thinking.

David



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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 31132 posts, RR: 85
Reply 22, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3167 times:
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Quoting Tiger119 (Reply 12):
Why Boeing (not) call it the 747-500 Series?



Quoting Allegro (Reply 19):
The number 8 is considered lucky in certain Asian cultures and that region was considered to be a large part of the market for VLA's.

Boeing also launched (and subsequently cancelled) the 747-500X and 747-600X at the 1996 Farnborough Air Show and also announced they were considering a 747-700X which would have used a wider fuselage.

So even though they didn't actually come into use, one could argue that 747-800X was the proper designation to use for this latest version. And with the new numbering schema introduced with the 787, shortening it to 747-8 was appropriate.

[Edited 2009-12-23 21:20:02]

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