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Will The B747-400 Be Called "Classic 747"?

Sat Dec 09, 2006 7:18 am

Don't you think so? I think it would make sense to call them "Classic 747's" starting beginning of next decade. Now that the 747-800 is coming certainly, Lufthansa just launched the passenger version as discussed in another topic, the 400 will be out of production in 2010. I don't think that after 2012 we will still see any 747-1/2/300/SP in passenger service.

There are now three generations of 747's like there are three generations of 737's.
First generation:
The 747-1/2/300/SP's should now be called early 747's like the 737-1/200's are called early 737's.
Second generation:
The 747-400's should soon be called Classic 747's like the B737-3/4/500's are called Classic 737's.
Third generation:
The 747-800 is the latest 747 like the 737-6/7/8/900's are the latest 737's. I also think that the 737-800 should be called NG747 like the 737-6/7/8/900 is called NG737. If Boeing ever makes a 747-700, a shortened version, should there be a market for such a variant, it would be mentioned as 74G in the airline schedules.

In the 1980's when the B737-300/400 was brand new, it wasn't called Classic 737 was it? If you called it then Classic 737 at that time, you would have been laughed at. It is not unreasonnable to think that a 747-400 is soon to be a Classic.

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RE: Will The B747-400 Be Called "Classic 747"?

Sat Dec 09, 2006 7:22 am

I think that the new 747 will just be called the 747 intercontinental. Boeing seems to be set on branding their aircraft with names as of late. (ie. Worldliner, Dreamliner). So I think we will end up calling it the 747 Intercontinental, or perhaps something along those lines.

As far as the 747-400 is concerned, itself was a 747NG. New wings, new cockpit, etc. Just a thought...of course not certain.

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RE: Will The B747-400 Be Called "Classic 747"?

Sat Dec 09, 2006 7:48 am

Or we could just call them what they are: 747-100, -200, -300, -400, SP, and -8.

With that said, I really liked the sound of "747 Advanced." Perhaps "747-8 Advanced."?  Wink
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