The Boeing 747 is a wide-body commercial airliner and cargo transport aircraft, often referred to by its original nickname, Jumbo Jet, or Queen of the Skies. It is among the world's most recognizable aircraft,and was the first wide-body ever produced. Manufactured by Boeing's Commercial Airplane unit in the United States.
Boeing unveiled their new 747-8 Intercontinental jumbo passenger jet on Sunday at the company's factory in Everett, Washington. Boeing's newest addition to the 747 family is the world's longest commercial passenger plane at 250.3 feet (76.3 meters long.)
Boeing began building its first 747 jet airliner in September 1967. Malcolm Stamper, General Manager of Boeing’s 747 program put together a group of 50,000 engineers, administrators, secretaries and construction workers he called “The Incredibles.” They produced the world’s largest civilian airplane in only 16 months.
Boeing Co. had to postpone next week’s inaugural delivery of the 747-8 freighter, a jet already two years behind schedule, after its initial customer refused to accept the first two planes. The carrier was scheduled to fly its first load of freight on the new plane out of Seattle on Sept. 19 and take delivery of a second jet two days later.
The 467-seat, $317.5 million 747-8 Intercontinental competes with Airbus’s 525-seat A380, which entered service in 2007, while the $319.3 million freighter has no commercial rival. Boeing has 114 orders for the plane.
The head of Deutsche Lufthansa AG's (LHAG.DE) fleet management said he is not happy with the weight of Boeing Co's (BA.N) 747-8 jumbo, but that will not restrict the use of the airline's newest aircraft.
THE BOEING 747 is 40 years old. So let us take you back to the aircraft's maiden passenger flight in January 1970. Things did not go quite as planned, with the pilot of the Pan Am service forced to abort take-off because the engine was overheating. Consequently the actual first flight happened several hours later on a replacement plane. But despite that glitch, this newspaper approved of the new craft.
Boeing Co.'s 747 was not only the biggest plane that anyone had ever seen before -- it was nearly three times larger than the largest jet flying at the time -- it transformed travel in a way that few have.
"The 747 is the most iconic airplane in the world, and I know customers are going to love what we've done to enhance its performance," Jim Albaugh, president and chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said in a statement.
The new Boeing (747-8) is 13 feet wider and 18 feet longer than the company’s previous version, the 747-400. It can carry up to 581 passengers, while a 747-400 can carry 524. But a typical 747-8 would carry 467 people in three classes.
The Boeing Co. (BA) 747-400 aircraft was carrying two crewmembers and 58 tons of cargo to Shanghai from South Korea’s Incheon International Airport before it crashed the sea south of Jeju island. The cost of damage is based on the book value of the plane, the carrier said in a separate regulatory filing.
At 250 feet long, the 747-8 is 18 feet longer than its predecessor, the 747-400, and is the largest commercial plane ever built by Boeing. After a 4½-hour test flight, the big jet landed at Boeing Field in Seattle at 2:25 p.m. Pacific time.
The Boeing 747 entered service with Pan American Airlines in January 1970 and became the workhorse of the world’s long-haul, high-capacity fleet. To-date, Boeing has delivered 1,365 747s in four basic types, the 747-100/-200/-300/-400.
The Boeing 747 was the first passenger jet to have a twin-aisle cabin section and a staircase leading to an upper deck in the nose section. The 747 also achieved considerable success as a freighter and has an important military application in the form of the Boeing 747-E4 airborne emergency command and control post.