BOEING 747-400 BEST-SELLING VARIANT

More Boeing 747-400s were built than any other variant and it was arguably the most successful. Joe Copalman explains why.

BOEING 747 TRIBUTE

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Qantas Boeing 747-400 VH-OJI lifts off from Sydney Airport.

The initial success of the Boeing 747 had dipped by the early 1980s, competitors were offering aircraft that, while not quite matching the 747’s capacity, provided advantages in terms of reduced crew, improved flight controls, and, most importantly for operators, focused on healthy bottom lines with improved fuel efficiency.

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