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    Exclamation Boeing 747 is no more (end 2017)

    Boeing is ending passenger production, as soon as 2017.
    Cargo version still viable and being produced, for now.

    The economy of large twin engine aircraft (777, 787, A350W) is gaining over the capacity of Super Jumbo's. Even the A380's future is looking bleak.

    I am rather surprised that with growing air travel population and little airport capacity to spare that airlines do not use SJ's for the busiest routs.
    Even if the 787 is more efficient, 2 of them take a lot more space than a 747, more support equipment, personnel, and such. And fuel is not that expensive these days either.

    Anyone have insights?

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    Do you have a source for this claim please? AFAIK both versions can be ordered new.

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    It has been talk since last year, surpised you did not hear of it!!

    But yes, 747 is being retired, production ending
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...c-jumbo-in-u-s

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    A friend flies 800s on international freight routes and loves it.
    Still very capable and a money maker for the carriers.

    The article did not mention production ending, just that it might if more orders aren't received. That's true of all jetliners.
    Last edited by J Boyle; 12th August 2017 at 12:51.
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