I was just reading the postings on the thread about great planes in aviation history and I got to thinking about what planes from today might be considered "great" or "classic" 30-40 years from now. Today, we're still seeing DC8s, 707s, DC-10s, L1011s, and 727s flying, all from one or two generations ago. Any predictions as to what will be seen as a classic airliner from the first decade of the 21st Century?
Here's a couple ideas to start. I think there will still be some Boeings still kicking around, like 767/777, maybe even 737s or 747s but the latter might be a stretch. I think that there will still be a few A340s of some sort (maybe -600s) but they'll be rare, like DC-8s are today.