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After more than 50 years, the last Jumbo jet of type 747 left the big Boeing plant in Everett near Seattle last night (local time). This seals the end of the aircraft classic, which was once celebrated as the “Queen of the Affected”.

Der letzte Jumbo-Jet vom Typ 747 hat das große Boeing-Werk in Everett bei Seattle verlassen. © TED S. Warren/AP/dpa The last Jumbo-Jet of Type 747 left the large Boeing plant in Everett near Seattle.

The machine is to be completed and repainted test flights before it will be handed over to Atlas Air Worldwide at the beginning of next year. Boeing had announced in 2020 to stop the 747 production. This did not come as a surprise: the group had long considered to stamp the Jumbo due to a lack of demand.

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maiden flight in 1969

The once largest passenger jet in the world had completed his maiden flight in 1969, around a year later the first copy of the U.S. airline Panam went to the line service. With the latest variant 747-8, which has a longer upper deck, new wings and more economical engines and offers space for more than 600 passengers, Boeing was only able to score with a few airlines.

In the meantime, most airlines rely on the long-haul models on the long-haul models as the Boeing types 787 “Dreamliner” and 777 as well as the Airbus A350.

Boeing Manager Kim Smith described the last delivery of the legendary jumbos compared to the US broadcaster CNBC on Tuesday in Everett as "very surreal". "For the first time in more than 50 years, we won't have 747 more in this factory." Boeing produced a total of 1574 copies of the giant plane.

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Lufthansa among the most important customers

With the end of production, the aircraft type will of course not disappear from the sky, but the 747 has also been rarer for a long time. The large US airlines United and Delta took the machines out of their fleets years ago. After the 2020 Corona pandemy paralyzed international air traffic, Qantas and British Airways also did so.

one of the most important 747 customers was Lufthansa. 19 of the total of only 47 copies of the latest passenger version 747-8, with which Boeing wanted to score against the even larger Airbus A380 after the turn of the millennium. In December 2015, the US manufacturer handed the last machine to Lufthansa. In addition, the German airline also has some older Boeing 747-400 in stock. The Jumbo is no longer very important for Boeing. It was recently only built as a cargo - apart from a special version as a US government jet Air Force One.

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