Not many aircraft can claim to launch a new age in aviation, but that tag can be applied to the Boeing 747 which first flew in 1969. The new airliner spawned the dawn of mass long-distance air travel. Nicknamed the Jumbo Jet, the airliner has been developed into numerous variants and is viewed with such affection that the title ‘Queen of the Skies’ has also been bestowed upon it.
The Jumbo held the record for the greatest passenger capacity for 37 years and with continual development, spawned many variants. The latest of these, the 747-8 Intercontinental, entered service in 2012.
The end of the Boeing 747 era has moved one step closer following the delivery of the second to last airframe.
As Boeing prepares to deliver its last 747 airliner, we caught up with Mark Hoey, general manager for operations at Cathay Pacific and former 747 chief pilot, to reflect on the iconic jet...
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