Boeing has revealed that the last Boeing 747 to be built will be handed over to the customer in a ceremony on January 31, 2023.
The 747-8F, N863GT (c/n 67150), is destined for Atlas Air, though also sports Apex Logistics titles, and is the 1,574th manufactured during 55 years of production.
Although the event will not be open to the public Boeing will be broadcasting the ceremony live at this link from 4pm EST (9pm GMT). For those not able to watch live, after the event finishes a video will be posted on Boeing’s website.
This last 747 rolled off the production line on December 6 and took to the air for the first time on December 18. The aircraft departed to Portland International Airport in Oregon on December 22 for painting and returned the Boeing facility at Paine Field, Washington on January 10, 2023.
Manufacture of the Boeing 747 started in 1967 with handover of the first example taking place in 1970 to Pan Am.
Upon roll out from the factory of this last Boeing 747, Kim Smith, Boeing vice president and general manager, 747 and 767 programmes said: "For more than half a century, tens of thousands of dedicated Boeing employees have designed and built this magnificent airplane that has truly changed the world. We are proud that this plane will continue to fly across the globe for years to come."