Aviationman
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Boeing 747 Dissapering?

Wed Dec 22, 1999 5:27 am

Over the last couple of years, i have seen less and less boeing 747s and they are all replaced by A340s, A330s, A310s, 777s, 767s and MD-11. Why is the boeing 747 dissapereing?
 
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RE: Boeing 747 Dissapering?

Wed Dec 22, 1999 6:35 am

In my opinion, it's simple. Cost. 747's are costly machines to keep & maintain, although I'm no expert in operating costs of specific aircraft. Even though they bring an aura of "prestige" to companies, maybe airlines today are more inclined to use planes that don't need to be filled with so many people to earn profits on them. Afterall, there is competition out there. I do not think that they will just completely dissapear. They are still big with Asian airlines. But this is just my opinion.
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RE: Boeing 747 Dissapering?

Wed Dec 22, 1999 7:21 am

What you see is route fragmentation and the use of smaller aircraft. The 747 though is still out there. What you do see a dwindling of numbers is in the 747 "Classics" The 747-400 though is seen at every major airport and is operated by almost every major airline. Boeing is also going to offer in the near future the 747-400X and 747-400X Stretch.
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RE: Boeing 747 Dissapering?

Wed Dec 22, 1999 7:35 am

Today's economical two engine aircraft can now do the job better than the 4-engine 747, now that they have the same range almost.
 
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Is It Really Disappearing?

Wed Dec 22, 1999 8:40 am

Does anyone have hard data on the total number of 747s in normal operation? Are they really being retired faster than they are being produced?

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RE: Is It Really Disappearing?

Wed Dec 22, 1999 9:01 am

They are still producing 747-400s at a rate of 2 per month. Now they are retiring 747 "Classics" but many of them are becoming freighters. So we have two different classes of 747s. The "Classics" -100, 200, 300, Sp and the 400. In the last week there has been 6 orders put in for 747-400s. 1 747-400 and 5 747-400Fs. Like I said before look for the 400X and 400X Stretch to be offered soon.
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