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Boeing Rolls Out Its Last 747 Jumbo Jet From Everett Factory In Washington

The jumbo jet, which has served as a cargo plane, a commercial aircraft capable of carrying nearly 500 passengers and the presidential aircraft Air Force One, first flew in 1969

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Boeing rolled out its final 747 from a Washington state factory on Tuesday, ending a more than 50-year run. 

The jumbo jet, which has served as a cargo plane, a commercial aircraft capable of carrying nearly 500 passengers, and the presidential aircraft Air Force One, first flew in 1969. 

It was the world's largest commercial aircraft and the first to have two aisles and it still towers over most other planes.

The design of the 747 included a second deck that extended from the cockpit back over the first third of the plane, giving it a distinct hump that made the plane instantly recognisable and inspired the nickname “Whale,” 747 was also known as the Queen of the Skies.

The first 747 was built in less than 16 months by more than 50,000 Boeing employees. Since then, the company has completed 1,573 more projects.

However, in the last 15 years, Boeing and its European rival Airbus have introduced new widebody planes with two engines rather than the 747's four. They used less fuel and were more profitable.

Delta was the last US airline to use the 747 for passenger flights, which ended in 2017, though some international carriers, including Lufthansa, continue to use it.

Atlas Air, which ordered four 747-8 freighters earlier this year, is the final customer. The last left Boeing's massive factory in Everett, Washington on Tuesday night.

Boeing has its roots in the Seattle area and assembly plants in Washington and South Carolina. In May, the company announced that its headquarters would be relocated from Chicago to Arlington, Virginia.

The relocation brings its executives closer to key federal government officials and the Federal Aviation Administration, which certifies Boeing passenger and cargo planes.

Boeing's relationship with the FAA has been strained since two of its best-selling planes, the 737 Max, were killed in deadly crashes in 2018 and 2019. The FAA took nearly two years – far longer than Boeing anticipated – to approve design changes and re-enter the plane into service.


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