Boeing 747

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.

Atlas Air takes delivery of penultimate Boeing 747

The end of the Boeing 747 era has moved one step closer following the delivery of the second to last airframe.

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A jumbo farewell: Flying on Lufthansa’s 747-400s

As Wilbur Sargunaraj makes an important trip home, he uses the opportunity to take one last flight on his beloved Boeing 747-400.

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What makes the 747-8 the ultimate Jumbo?

The age of the Jumbo jet began more than 50 years ago when Boeing launched the 747. As the final aircraft nears delivery, Bruce Hales-Dutton details the latest, and now last-ever, variant.

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Cathay Pacific: Where the Boeing 747 is still flying high

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...

QUIZ: The Ultimate Boeing 747 Quiz!

As we continue to celebrate 747 Week here on Key.Aero, we've a very special edition of our commercial aviation quiz. This is your chance to put your knowledge of the Queen of the Skies to the test. Good luck!

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Joe Sutter: the man who designed the Boeing 747

A tribute to Joseph ‘Joe’ Sutter, the ‘father’ of the 747 from a 2021 special publication on the Jumbo.

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Inside the cockpit flying 747 Hajj flights from Baghdad – part 2

In the April 2011 issue of Airliner World Captain Alan Carter concluded recounting his day’s task of flying pilgrims from Baghdad to Madinah and back.

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Inside all-Boeing 747 airline Cargolux

James Ronayne visited Cargolux to learn about the carrier’s operations and his article appeared in the November 2015 issue of Aviation News.

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The remarkable story of Iran Air and its Boeing 747s

In the March 2014 issue of Airliner World, Babak Taghvaee chronicled the illustrious but often turbulent history of Iran Air’s Boeing 747s. 

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BOAC’s turbulent first years flying the Boeing 747

In a 2021 special publication on the Boeing 747 Bob O’Brien detailed how as British Overseas Airways Corporation was one of the early operators of the revolutionary Boeing 747 and with its introduction came some design innovations