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How Much Longer For The 747?

Sat Mar 31, 2001 2:18 pm

how many outstanding orders are there for the 747 ?
pax / freighters ?
will it reach 1500 production or will it slip by the wayside in the next few years

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RE: How Much Longer For The 747?

Sat Mar 31, 2001 2:21 pm

Wait a minute. The B 747-400s have to be replaced by 2015. I am sure Airlines will gradually use the B 747-400LR to replace them.

The B 747-400LR will do well I guess.
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RE: How Much Longer For The 747?

Sat Mar 31, 2001 3:39 pm

I hope that the 747 never dies!!! The aircraft is status symbol for any airline--it truly is a beauty!!
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RE: How Much Longer For The 747?

Sat Mar 31, 2001 3:58 pm

The 744 will continue for a few more years yet but it is undoubtedly nearing the twilight of its production life. Boeing has virtually conceded that further substantial development of the aircraft is unlikely and a combination of the A380 above and the 777/A340 below must naturally mean its market will decline.

A further problem now confronting the 747 is that with Boeing stopping further major development it is unlikely it will ever achieve Chapter 4 noise standards. This will mean that it will continue to be affected by curfew restrictions at airports such as LHR, SYD etc. The A380 must achieve Chapter 4 (contractual requirement of SQ and QF) so it will not be curfew restricted. This difference will be a key attraction for airlines going forward.
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RE: How Much Longer For The 747?

Sat Mar 31, 2001 4:26 pm

Actually, many Boeing officials have stated that the 747 will remain in production for many more years. The end is not close for the 747.
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RE: How Much Longer For The 747?

Sat Mar 31, 2001 11:13 pm

I personally think that the 747 production will continue, primarily the 747-400F versions.

We may see more sales of the 747-400 Longer Range, though. I won't be surprised if UA and NW each order 12-15 planes for use on their very longest routes. This could mean UA will fly JFK-HKG with less pax/cargo restrictions and NW may fly MSP-HKG or DTW-HKG with these new planes.
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RE: How Much Longer For The 747?

Sun Apr 01, 2001 12:53 am

The only sad thing is, as great a plane as the 747-400 is (and it truly is a wonderful plane which is my one favouite!), we probably won't see it's older siblings any more in the not too distant future, namely the 200 and 300 version. The 200 IMHO, is the classiest version and the one that will most prominently spring to mind (at least MY mind) whenever I think of the all time classic "Jumbo Jet".

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