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US Carriers’ Remaining 747 Passenger Jets To Be Retired By Year End

13 March 2017
The Chicago Tribune reports that the Boeing 747, once known as the “queen of the skies,” is slated to be retired this year by Delta and United, the last two US commercial airlines that still operate the 48-year-old jetliner. Boeing, which currently produces six 747s per year, “says it is eyeing the cargo market for new customers.” Boeing spokeswoman Jessica Kowal, pointing to an October order by UPS for 14 of the aircraft, said that “there are no plans to discontinue” production. The article recounts the 747’s history, and Boeing’s recent shift toward a focus on smaller passenger jetliners. (Image Credit: moonm via Wikimedia Commons)
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