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  • cdnnl77
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jul 2005
    • 17

    Boeing 747

    Whatever happened to that great workhorse of the skies, 747? Hardly anyone flies it these days and with the exception of the freighter version its hardly made any more. It seems that most long-haul flights are done with the 777, 767, A340 or A330, soon of course the 787 will be added to that list and the A380. From where the fashion for flying long-haul with planes that have two engines? Is it more than just fuel economy?
    Pointless flightaholic!
    • May 2003
    • 9820

    Hardly anyone flies it!

    What have you been smoking?


    • Rb340
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Sep 2004
      • 56

      I flew on one on the Heathrow Singapore route on SQ. An SQ captain told me that a few 744's would be replaced with the arrival of the 777-300er's, an aircraft that has "significantly better fuel burn". Is this just a one off or will this become a trend?

      Also what have recent PAX orders for 747's been, anyone have the figures?


        Pea love
        • May 2004
        • 3901

        Hmmm, well here's a few: British Airways, Virgin, Qantas, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Air China, China Airlines, United Airlines, Lufthansa Airlines, Air France, Global Supply Systems, Iran Air, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Polar Air, Kalitta Air, KLM Royal Dutch, Travel City Direct, Air Atlanta, Evergreen International, Garuda Indonesia, EL AL Israel Airlines, United Parcel Service, Dragonair Cargo, Cargolux, Saudia Arabian, Cathay Pacific...not that many really
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        • steve rowell
          Expat Geordie
          • Apr 2003
          • 13281

          There are some 407 747-400s passenger aircraft still flying plus countless classics, mostly with freight companies around the world. The airframe design is getting on for forty years old now and i should imagine it'll be around for countless more years to come.
          Best Regards Steve


          • dc10fan
            Senior Member
            • Jun 2004
            • 337

            It's fair to say that the number operating transatlantic routes has fallen siginificantly over the last 10 years; only BA still operate alot of their US flights with 747s. But the A330/340/B767/777 have taken over most flights.


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