A380 fades as Boeing celebrates the 747’s Golden Anniversary [VIDEO]

It’s been a bittersweet week for the jumbo-jet industry. Soon after Boeing celebrated the 50th anniversary of its iconic 747, Airbus announced that production of its ambitious, double-decker passenger behemoth, the A380, will be halted in 2021, due to a sharp decline in new orders. The A380’s largest customer, Emirates, said it will slash its […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 15, 2019

75th Anniversary Snapshot: Long live the ‘Queen of the Skies’

Being so much bigger than any other commercial airliner that had flown before it, the 747 still turns heads today, nearly 50 years after it took its first flight. The team that designed and built the world’s first jumbo jet at Boeing were nicknamed “The Incredibles,” not only for the sheer audacity of the vision […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 8, 2017

Swan song for the first jumbo jet?

In remembrance of the late Boeing engineer Joe Sutter, the “Father of the 747,” who passed away last week, columnist Brandon Fried shares his memories of the first time he spotted the world’s first jumbo jet, as a child, and how it profoundly affected him throughout his life. The first time I saw a Boeing […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • September 5, 2016

RIP Joe Sutter — Father of the 747

Joe Sutter, “the father of the 747” died on August 30, 2016. He was the lead engineer and project manager for the development of the original 747 in the late 1960s. David Harris of our sister publication Cargo Facts covers the remarks by Ray Conner, CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes thoughts on his passing.
  • Lewis King
  • September 1, 2016

Boeing pulls back on 747-8 production

In one of the clearest signs yet that confidence in the 2016 cargo market is weakening, Boeing said last week that it plans to scale back production of the 747-8 freighter from one aircraft per month to one every other month. The reason cited for the 50 percent reduction in production is the slowdown in […]
  • Staff Reports
  • January 26, 2016

‘Cosmic Girl’ gets a second life

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic subsidiary has re-purposed a 747-400 passenger aircraft, previously operated by Virgin Atlantic, and given it a chance to play a starring role in the special products cargo arena. Today it serves as a dedicated vehicle for LauncherOne, a small satellite launching operation. Check out this Virgin Galactic video below to […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 4, 2015

The 747-400F: Is there a future?

When Boeing introduced the 747-400F in 1993, the aircraft was offered as a replacement for the 747-200F and –SF converted passenger aircraft. The -400F offered an additional 7.5 tonnes of payload and 700 nautical miles in additional range, as well as lower maintenance costs associated with its vastly improved GE, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls […]
  • Ned Laird
  • June 2, 2015

Belly shift: EVA retires last combi

January 5 was a small watershed for EVA Air. The 747-400 used for flight BR868, which landed in Taipei that day, subsequently exited the carrier’s fleet, marking the demise of combi aircraft from the lineup. Its retirement leaves Asiana the lone operator of 747 combis in Asia. Stan Wraight, executive director of Strategic Aviation Solutions […]
  • Staff Reports
  • March 10, 2015

Cargolux flies freighter to Vienna

Cargolux will introduce a weekly 747 freighter service to Vienna beginning Saturday. The new stopover in Austria’s capital is an extension of the existing Saturday flight from Hanoi, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
  • August 2, 2013