With all the ordering going on with the 777, and the 340 family of aircraft, have we seen the end of the 747 or the A3xx before it even flies?
It seems as if all flights, not just domestic are going to the more-often-smaller-aircraft type of service. With the recent JAL order of 777's with the use of these to the US it is just another example. BA is selling 4 747-400's and putting more 777's in service between London and the US. UAL has put its 777's in service to Asia with the rumor they may be looking at the 777-300.
Our domestic skies used to be full of wide bodies. Now it is rare except for certain flights or one certain airline (Delta). If we look over the International flights these days compare the number of flights with say 5 years ago. It has gone up but the planes are smaller. The 777 has had an amazing affect on this.
Sure some flights will still need a 747. But the number os these flights are becoming few and far between.
Will the beautiful 777 family provide the future for Boeing and will it cause Boeing to say Bye Bye to the 747?