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When Will The 747 Be Retired?  
User currently offlineB777-777X From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2717 times:

Maybe 10-20 years from now. But it's a beauty.

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User currently offlineBoeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2630 times:

Only time will tell.

User currently offlineSonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2620 times:

Well, we don't know how much generations of 747 there will be. If SonicCruiser will fail/won't be built, I think there will be still new 747 to compete the A346 and A380. If Sonic Cruiser will be succesful, perhaps Boeing will decide to create a bigger Sonic Cruiser instead of another 747.

User currently offlineThe747Man From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2610 times:

Not an anytime soon, it's not even near the time to talk about it.

User currently offlineClimbout From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2591 times:

I don't even want to think about it right now.

User currently offlinePSU_DTW_SCE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2577 times:

Umm....Where'd this idea come from????? They're still in production, so don't even bring it up til they aren't being produced anymore, which won't be for a good while, til Boeing develops something else, and even then..it'll still be around for a while.

User currently offlineClimbout From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2569 times:

I would rather see more 744's in the future than that scary looking Sonic Cruiser. I'm sure the Sonic Cruiser will be nice to fly in but I just don't like the way it looks on the outside, with those horn looking wings on the front.

User currently offlineSpaceman From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 534 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2557 times:

I think when A380 comes on production.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2543 times:

747 forever!

Retire the corporate bean counters that are eliminating these beauties from there fleets!


The sonic cruiser seems like a big waste of time and money for something that just goes a little faster than a 747-400.


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User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9107 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2523 times:

Boeing has stated that the B 747 will be in production for AT LEAST another 30 years from now. So, do not expect them to go anytime soon.

For the B 747X, or the NLA, I think Boeing will start selling them seriously when they feel that it is the right time in doing so.


User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2511 times:

Well, if everyone is now talking about the retirement of the B747, what is going to happen to the A380?

alvin



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User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3369 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2504 times:

There is NO, I repeat NO current replacement for the Boeing 747-400, not the Airbus A380, A340-600, 777-300 or the Sonic Cruiser. Airlines can't retire without a replacement.

User currently offlineNotar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2497 times:

NEVER!


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User currently onlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6260 posts, RR: 34
Reply 13, posted (12 years 7 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2489 times:

IF Boeing were to stop any new production of the 747 today, there would still be 747s in mainline service 30 years from now.

I will be mighty surprised if I ever see tha last passenger flight of a 747.

As for the question of the A380, there is a seperate thread for that question. I did just hear, however, that LH is defering their A380 order. As well as their orders for more 747-400s.



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User currently offlineCX_744_CX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 7 months 5 days ago) and read 2474 times:

Hopefully never, it will always be updated to current standards.

User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10365 posts, RR: 11
Reply 15, posted (12 years 7 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2455 times:

I don´t think I´ll see that during my lifetime. There is a chance that there will still be some 747s flying when all the other current types Boeing is building are already history. The 747 is a perfect goverment aircraft which usually have very low mileage on the clock. Think about the USAF Laser-platform to be built. When they fly in a few years, won´t you expect them to have a similarly long life like the B-52? That would mean don´t expect the mighty 747 to be gone before 2050.

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (12 years 7 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2454 times:

commercial life of an airliner is around 30-50 years (not always with the same airline, many end up in the 3rd world or with cargolines after a decade or two).

As the 747 is still in production (and as someone pointed out, will probably be for another 30 years), that means someone, somewhere will probably be flying them for another 80 years.
Heck, there are Ju-52s and DC-2s still flying that were taken out of production in the early 1940s, about 60 years ago.



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User currently offlineJoni From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 7 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2443 times:


There is no sogn whatsoever that 747 would be on its way out anytime soon. Lately a larger proportion of sales have been freighters, but this can be just some kind of cyclical variation.

The 747 is beautiful, and note that the initial 380 variant won't compete with 744 head-to-head, since the capacities are different.


User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (12 years 7 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2436 times:

Before it retires, the 747 will end up having another derivative to replace it.

That's like asking, "When will the B-52 retire?" It wont! Heck, that thing is older than it's pilots!



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User currently offlineMr.BA From Singapore, joined Sep 2000, 3423 posts, RR: 22
Reply 19, posted (12 years 7 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2413 times:

The B747 will never retire. Even it does tomorrow, it won't in our hearts.

alvin



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User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10365 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (12 years 7 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2403 times:

Nicely said, Mr.BA.

User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 7 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2392 times:

Is it fair to say that an prop-plane have a longer life-span than a jet-plane? One thing that puzzles me is that
Tupolev and Iljysin never built a passenger double-decker, Tupolev 144went to compete with the Concorde (and failed),
but why wasn´t any Russian double decker planned?


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