Priced at about $ 149 million each, the plane will make it heavy andof flying air freight around the world. Although the passenger version of the 747 with its staircase and oh-so exclusive upper deck rightly won the plane the title of , it is perfectly appropriate for the groundbreaking passenger aircraft to end on a freight note.
Boeing only developed the passenger version of the giant aircraft after it lost a competition in 1965 to build a large military transport for the US Air Force. (Lockheed won the battle with his plan for the C5A Galaxy). Announced by Pan Am, Boeing then redesigned its transportation concept to transport people instead.
After becoming a bestseller with commercial airlines, the 747’s success as a cargo ship was due not only to its enormous size (747-8 can fit 137.7 tons of cargo), but also because its swinging nose enabled easy loading. Airbus tried to surpass Boeing with a cargo version of its, but it never found buyers.
Boeing has already completed production of itspassenger version, and both it and is an incredibly rare sight in the sky these days. Airlines had already withdrawn the plane over the past few years, but then sharp worldwide, the last few commercial 747s landed for good.
Boeing says it will deliver the last aircraft to Atlas Air in 2022. Since the first 747 flight on February 9, 1969, Boeing has built 1,560,747 aircraft.