American aircraft building concern Boeing decided to roll mass production double-deck wide-body Boeing 747, nicknamed “Jumbo jet” (Jumbo Jet, the giant plane). As writes Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with the situation, Boeing officially announces the closure of production 747-x will no longer produce the planes after delivery of the last of them to the customer. The decision to cease production was made in connection with a small number of orders for the Boeing 747.
Currently, Boeing is engaged in the production of Boeing 747 versions of the B747-8. The group has orders for the delivery of all 15 of these aircraft in the cargo version of the B747-8F, which it needs to be done by the end of 2022. While it is likely that some customers will abandon the purchase of aircraft. In particular, from the acquisition of three cargo ships may refuse then transport company “Volga-Dnepr”.
In addition to the small number of orders for “Jumbo jets” another reason to close the serial production was the failure of the airlines from the big four motor planes, originally designed to transport large numbers of passengers and cargo over long distances. For this reason, in particular, at the beginning of last year, the European Airbus decided to close the serial production of the aircraft A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft.
The Boeing 747 was developed in the 1960s and made its first flight in 1969. This aircraft, because of the design which Boeing was on the verge of bankruptcy (for the development of the airliner and its certification have been spent a lot of money, but the airline did not immediately interested “Jumbo Jet” became the world’s first double-deck wide-body airliner. Before the commissioning of the A380 “Jumbo jet” was the largest and most capacious aircraft in the world.
First Boeing 747 was designed as an aircraft capable of carry large numbers of passengers across the Atlantic without stopping at intermediate points. In those years, transatlantic flights were banned for a twin-engine aircraft. In total for all history “Jumbo Jet” was assembled and delivered to customers 1557 liners of different versions. In fact, the plane never became commercially successful. Last order for delivery of the passenger version Boeing 747 was posted in the 2017 division of the Air Force One the US air force.
The length of the “Jumbo Jet” depending on the version ranges from 56,3 to 76.3 meters, and the wingspan is from 59,6 to 68.4 meters. The airliner has a maximum takeoff weight from 317 to 448 tons. He is able to fly at speeds up to 933 kilometers per hour on distance to 14.3 thousand kilometers. Modern passenger version of the Boeing 747-8 designed to carry up to 467 passengers. In 1991, Boeing 747 El Al airlines for one flight moved to Israel 1122 passenger. It was a military operation for removal of Ethiopian Jews to Israel.