Ladies and gentlemen, please change your trays to the upright position and secure your seat belts as the last Boeing 747 gets ready for remove.
The last ever jumbo jet to be developed was provided to United States air freight operator Atlas Air today, marking completion of a ‘golden era’ of jet travel.
Plane lovers, air travel employees and star John Travolta, who is certified to fly 747 s, all collected at an event in Washington to witness the renowned jet’s journey to the clouds.
Speaking at the landmark event, Travolta, who discovered to fly the 747-400 as an ambassador for Qantas Airlines, stated ‘[It was] the most difficult program that any business pilot will ever need to sustain’, and called the jet the ‘most well thought out and safest aircraft ever built.’
The 747 -8 is the 1,574 th Boeing to be developed because Pan Am’s Clipper Young America very first skyrocketed in1970 But with airline companies desiring less expensive, more fuel effective two-engine airplanes (the 747 has 4), the so-called ‘Queen of the Skies’ no longer has a market.
Andy Hoskins, editorial director at Business Travel News Europe, states: ‘Boeing 747 s have actually been a familiar sight in our skies for majority a century and there is much love for the erstwhile jumbo jet, especially amongst some service tourists for whom sitting in the upstairs cabin enhanced a sense of exclusivity.
‘But times change and, as more environmentally friendly, fuel-efficient aircraft come off the production line, airline orders for 747s diminished.’
After 53 years of service– as a freight airplane, a business airplane, NASA transportation and the Air Force One governmental airplane– we assess the life of this renowned high-flier.
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