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When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 7:54 am

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

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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 7:58 am

Only time will tell.
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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 8:01 am

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.
 
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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 8:02 am

Not an anytime soon, it's not even near the time to talk about it.
 
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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 8:03 am

I don't even want to think about it right now.
 
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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 8:11 am

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.
 
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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 8:23 am

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.
 
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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 8:25 am

I think when A380 comes on production.
 
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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 9:00 am

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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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 9:52 am

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.
 
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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 10:15 am

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

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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 10:27 am

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.
 
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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 10:48 am

NEVER!
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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 11:07 am

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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Thu Sep 20, 2001 1:09 pm

Hopefully never, it will always be updated to current standards.
 
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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 4:59 pm

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.
 
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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 5:05 pm

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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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 5:50 pm


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.
 
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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 5:58 pm

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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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 10:46 pm

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

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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Thu Sep 20, 2001 11:35 pm

Nicely said, Mr.BA.
 
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RE: When Will The 747 Be Retired?

Fri Sep 21, 2001 12:05 am

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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