Boeing will deliver down the curtain on manufacturing of the B747 jumbo later at this time, with a ceremony set to be attended by 1000’s of present and former staff, prospects and suppliers.
The 1,574th and ultimate B747 might be delivered to Atlas Air, marking the top of 55 years of manufacturing of the long-lasting plane.
The final jumbo to be constructed is a B747-8 Freighter – it rolled out of Boeing’s Everett Manufacturing unit in December forward of this week’s supply.
Ultimate B747 leaves Boeing’s Everett Manufacturing unit
In July 2020 – shortly after the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic – the producer introduced plans to stop manufacturing of its jumbo plane.
On the time Boeing had 16 B747 plane nonetheless to ship – all freighter variations of the airplane – and stated it could cease manufacturing in 2022.
Boeing confirms finish of B747 manufacturing
Atlas Air is the biggest remaining operator of the B747, with a predominantly cargo fleet complemented by a handful of passenger jumbos used for VIP constitution providers.
The B747 first entered service with Pan Am in January 1970, and passenger and freighter variations of the plane proceed to be flown by round 70 airways worldwide.
However many main carriers have retired their B747 fleets in recent times, in favour of extra gasoline environment friendly plane.
Each British Airways and Virgin Atlantic waved goodbye to their final jumbos in 2020, with a number of of BA’s B747s destined for brand new lives as movie units, personal cinemas and everlasting exhibitions.
A reside webcast of the ultimate supply could be seen here at 2100 GMT on Tuesday January 31 – after which it will likely be made out there on the Boeing web site.