With the 747-8 being less than desireable among airlines, do you guys think the jumbo has any future for passenger service?
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The 747 was introduced in 1970 with Pan Am airways offering a new luxury and glamour to flight. This double decker jumbo jet could travel long distances never imagined before and was a popular choice among travelers. The 747-400, boeings most popular version introduced in 1988 is currently operated for long haul routes with airlines like British airways and united. But with the introduction of fuel efficient and eco friendly aircraft like the 787 and 777 the 747 has lost its standing amongst airlines.
The 747 is no longer viable
Why? The 747-400 costs around 236 million a unit and carries passengers around 7600 miles (14,000 kilometers) while the 777-300ER costs 320 million while going about 1000 kilometers further. Compared to the fuel-guzzling 747 there’s no debate which is the better option for airlines. The 747 takes up lots of space, lots of fuel, and overall is less efficient than its newer counterparts.
The 747 has no place in modern passenger service which is why many airlines are retiring the aircraft including united who has pushed up their service retirement to the end of this year. So if there’s no use for it in the passenger industry, where does it fit? Cargo.
If there’s anything the 747 is it’s big, and powerful. The 747-400F can carry 248,600 pounds and with it’s massive range is a great choice for moving cargo. With the 747-8 being a failure among airlines, boeings only hope to save it is cargo. It’s been a great couple decades but it’s time to leave the 747 behind.
I hope you enjoyed reading this informative post, if there’s any errors I’d be happy to correct them. Also discuss your thoughts about the 747 in the comments :)