The geeks of aviation have known this day was coming since July , but Boeing ' s confirmation Monday that it will end the production of its 747 jumbo jet next year is still bad news to swallow. The last plane to come out of the gigantic factory that Boeing deliberately built to manufacture the double-decker aircraft over 50 years ago will be four 747-8 cargo ships ordered by Atlas Air .
Pricing about $ 149 million each , the plane will be heavy and critical job to fly air cargo around the world. Although the passenger version of the 747 with its staircase and upper decklaughing so exclusive rightly won the title of Queen of Skies , it is perfectly fitting that the pioneer airliner will end on a freight note.
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Boeing developed the passenger version of the giant airplane only after losing a competition in 1965 to build a large military transport for the US Air Force (Lockheed won this battle with its plan for the C5A Galaxy ) Produced by Pan Am, Boeing then redesigned its transport concept to transport people to thein place.
After becoming a bestseller with commercial airlines, the success of the 747 as a freighter was not only due to its immense size (the 747-8 can fit 137 , 7 tonnes of freight), but also because its swivel nose made it easy to load the cargo. Airbus attempted to outperform Boeing with a cargo version of its A380 even bigger , but he never found any buyers.
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Boeing has already stopped production of its 747-8 Intercontinental passenger version and both her and previous versions of the 747 are an incredibly rare sight in the sky these days. Airlines had already abandoned the plane in recent years, but when Covid pandemic -19 suddenly reduced air travel worldwide, on the last 747 sales people have landed for good .
Boeing says it will deliver the last plane to Atlas Air in 2022. Since the 747's first flight on February 9, 1969, Boeing has built 1,560,747 aircraft.