Affected by the soaring international oil prices, the Boeing 747 series passenger aircraft known as the "Queen of the Sky" is coming to an end. With the last 747 freighter leaving the factory, the glorious era of the Queen of the Sky is coming to an end.
(Picture taken from Boeing Twitter)
[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] Boeing's (Boeing) 747 series airliner, known as the "Queen of the Sky", was once a generation of classic aircraft.
Now that the international oil price is soaring, the 747 is also coming to an end. With the last 747 freighter leaving the factory, the glorious era that symbolizes the queen of the sky is coming to an end.
Boeing's official Twitter tweeted today (7), saying that the last 747 freighter has left the Everett Plant (Everett Plant) and will be delivered to Atlas Air in early 2023. .
This freighter is a 747-8F, the latest freighter model of the 747 series.
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The US media "CNBC" also reported today that this 747-8F is the 1,574th of the 747 series and the last newly produced 747.
The Everett factory responsible for assembling the 747 is the largest factory in the world. Most of Boeing's civilian products are produced here, including wide-body airliners such as the 747, 767 and 777.
"This is the first time in more than 50 years that we're not producing new 747s at this facility," said Kim Smith, Boeing's vice president and general manager of 747 and 767 production.
Affected by the epidemic and the downturn in the global tourism industry, many airlines have retired 747 passenger planes, and only cargo airlines are using 747 freighters.
And affected by the high international oil prices, airlines tend to use more fuel-efficient aircraft, such as Boeing's own 777 and 787, and rival Airbus' A350 and other twin-engine wide-body passenger aircraft.
In the field of air cargo, the 747 has not benefited from its huge carrying capacity. According to statistics from the aviation media CAPA Aviation, the 747 freighter only accounts for 21% of the global cargo fleet, which is lower than the 71% in 1990.
In addition to the impact of oil prices, airlines will also prepare for stricter emission standards. Airbus has begun to promote the cargo version of its wide-body passenger aircraft A350, and Boeing is also actively promoting the cargo version of its wide-body passenger aircraft 777X.
There she goes!
The last 747 has left our Everett factory ahead of delivery to Atlas Air in early 2023. #QueenOfTheSkies
Photos: Boeing/Paul Weatherman pic.twitter.com/duzgr6MzQl
— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) December 7, 2022