American aircraft manufacturer Boeing officially announced yesterday that in 2022 it would cease production of its legendary quadrimoteur 747, nicknamed “The queen of the sky».
«Given the current market dynamics and outlook, we will stop production of the iconic 747 in 2022», Confirmed the CEO of Boeing, David Calhoun, in a message addressed to the employees. Launched in 1970, the Boeing 747 can carry more than 600 passengers in some configurations. It had democratized global air transport in the 1970s and partly contributed to the development of civil air transport.
«Our commitment to our customers does not end with delivery, and we will continue to support 747 maintenance for a long time to come.“, He indicated David Calhoun. Boeing’s “Jumbo Jet”, which A total of 1,571 copies have been ordered, had already virtually ceased to fly to the United States when the American company Delta Air Line withdrew it from its fleet in 2017.
Unable to compete with recent, more fuel-efficient twin-engine long-haul aircraft, the 747 saw its slow agony accelerate with the coronavirus pandemic which prompted several airlines including Qantas, British Airways and Lufthansa to recently announce that they were going to part with it. Boeing, however, has continued to manufacture 747s for freight and military transport until now.
The “Jumbo Jet” can also still count on the support of the President of the United States and his Air Force One since two 747-8 (the last larger version, more modern, faster and less greedy in kerosene) are still awaited by the White House.
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