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747 Future?  
User currently offlineKwbl From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 444 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 838 times:

I have never flown a 747 and it is one of my goals in life. My concern is what is the future of this plane? The 777 can fly the same distance and do it more economically ( so I've heard) and it seems the routes dominated by 747s a few years ago are being switched to 777. Currently only 2 US carriers even fly the type and from what I've been reading, one of them may phase them out. Any thoughts???

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User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6294 posts, RR: 33
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 823 times:

The 747 will be flying passengers for many more years. However, it is not likely to be available much in the US. It's not common now, and this situation will not improve. Best bet is if you need to fly to Asia from the US, or SFO/LAXto Europe. Many other routes of course. just can't list them all.


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User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 822 times:

Airlines that still fly 747-400's into the United States (off the top of my head):

United Airlines
South African Airways
Virgin Atlantic
KLM Royal Dutch
QANTAS
Air New Zealand
Thai
Cathay Pacific
Air India
Japan Airlines
Malaysia Airlines

Don't worry, it seems unlikely that you will be unable to fly a 747 from the US let alone North American any time in the next five years.



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User currently offlineBA 747-400 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 816 times:

All that stuff is wrong. It's the other way around. The 777 has a shorter range of the 747, and the four main US airlines, 1 has them and the other is getting them. The future of this plane, seems to be very good.

User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 812 times:

The 777 can fly the same distance and do it more economically ( so I've heard) and it seems the routes dominated by 747s a few years ago are being switched to 777.

The 777 and 747 have very similar economic operating characteristics. However, if a market can support it, the 747 rakes in the moolah at a much better pace than the 777 can. The problem right now is that with an economic downturn, most markets to/from the US cannot support a 747. That will change with the next economic upsurge.


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