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Boeing 747s Are Back From the Dead

The “Queen of the Skies” seemed doomed to the desert boneyards, but package haulers are rushing to snap up the aging jumbo jets. ( More...

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Aldrei Zanette 20
Long live the Queen of the Skies!!
Alan Brown 17
This is stating to sound like the DC-3. A good plane with a strong need.
Like the B52 still flying well into its 6th decade.
They've said that it's going to fly for almost 100 years
Roy Troughton 9
Both Kalitta and Atlas have been adding 747-400's to their fleet. Most of them are coming from Asian operators such as Korean and Eva Air.
wylann 8
I've worked on many of these birds.It's nice to see they might be making a bit of a comeback. There were several brand new 747-8s sitting in the desert in Marana last time I was there. Those flew from Everett, straight to the boneyard, and were supposedly slated to become VIP aircraft for some middle eastern customers.

I always liked seeing the nose loaders coming in for maintenance.
canuck44 4
Two of those destined for a bankrupt Russian airline are destined to become Air Force One.
F to pay respects
Worked cargo for a while on the NWA 747 fleet. At the time 14 birds in the cargo config. 200,000lbs of stuff is a lot. Asparagus to Ferrari's they hauled it all. Could unload one in 45 minutes at LAX.....kinda fun
Scott Clark 7
Recently, last week BA has been using 747's on the Austin-London flight instead of
the 787's it initially used. Thought the 747's stopped flying passengers???

On the flightpath in Austin.
william baker 7
It probably does but due to Trent 1000 issues that power British airways 787’s they are using 747s to fill in for the time being.
superliner 5
BA announced it would be flying 744s between LHR and AUS last year, well before the engine problems came to the surface. It's more due to the higher demand on the route now. BA has been progressively increasing capacity between LHR and AUS, after the 787-8, it upgraded to the 787-9, then a mix of the 772ER/789, then finally this.
Jd Young 1
It will be interesting to see how this plays out here in Nashville now that BA is flying non stop flights here 6 days a week.
Aidon Jennery 1
BA (and other non-US carriers) regularly fly 747s to and from multiple cities in the US.

I think it's only the US carriers that have given up on the 747 for pax.
Colin Seftel 1
There's a list of airlines still flying 747s:
They make great pop cans and Ford F-150's.
matt jensen 6
Great news!
jbqwik 6
great a/c!
scott8733 6
No matter where oil goes. At $400M list for new and $3M for a D-check- that pays for a helluva lot of petro gang. Last time I checked, new machines require fuel.

In addition, the payload is so high the 74 will stay around like the DC-3 did.
bentwing60 6
And a substantial supply of rotable & salvage parts coming from all the self loading freight airplanes that the majors are sending to the boneyards.
scott8733 11
Ya for sure. A stockpile even Fred Sanford would be proud of . . . . oops, just dated myself again.
SmokedChops 7
"I'm coming Elizabeth!!"
James Simms 3
scott8733 3
Love it!
Muszynski 3
LOL! That's Fred G. Sanford..."G" is for Guadalcanal....Hilarious character!
The "most-fun airplane" I ever flew.
Great picture of the B747-400 - brings back memories of many flights on B747's; like flying into Moscow in 1990 on a Pan Am B747-100; I worked for P&W at the time and when the pilots found out I got to sit in the jump seat in the cockpit! My most memorable experience was sitting in the right co-pilot's seat of a NorthWest B747-400 as it was being taxied across Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport to the maintenance hangar for me to do an inspection on the engines. Great airplane - I'm very sorry that they aren't used much now in commercial service.
Colin Seftel 4
Can someone explain how it is that B744s (& MD11s, even DC10s) are still economical for freight, but not for pax?
Peter Sommer 15
This video has a great explanation. 7:25 is where it directly addresses your question, but the rest of the video is interesting too.
Kevin Haiduk 4
That was very interesting. Thanks!
patrick baker 3
for those who thought 747 were becoming scarce for passengers, kindly look at the flights between heathrow and JFK, and notice the 747 shuttle. Yes, there is the odd 777 segment, but 747 is the dominant machine here.
pilotjag 2
Another great article...
Alan Haacke 2
The 747 was one of the most beautifuly built and most powerful planes built for its time in history.
joel wiley 1
The report of my death was an exaggeration.
Mark Twain, May 1897
John Twohy 1
yep a good old plane 747-400 series block.
b oloughlin 1
Liz Beth
rob jones 0
All but the newest equippped are outclassed by the new generation of boeing and airbus planes many in a poor state due to operators not investing pending fleet are stating the obvious there are more passengers than airline seats due to the cyclicual nature of the business.A short term fix whilst waiting for new aircraft deliveries.


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