Sonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2412 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.
PSU_DTW_SCE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2369 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.
Climbout From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2361 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.
Na From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10051 posts, RR: 12 Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2247 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.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 20 Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2246 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.
Alessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 21, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2184 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?