Boeing 747

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Whatever happened to that great workhorse of the skies, 747? Hardly anyone flies it these days and with the exception of the freighter version its hardly made any more. It seems that most long-haul flights are done with the 777, 767, A340 or A330, soon of course the 787 will be added to that list and the A380. From where the fashion for flying long-haul with planes that have two engines? Is it more than just fuel economy?

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Hardly anyone flies it!

What have you been smoking?

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I flew on one on the Heathrow Singapore route on SQ. An SQ captain told me that a few 744's would be replaced with the arrival of the 777-300er's, an aircraft that has "significantly better fuel burn". Is this just a one off or will this become a trend?

Also what have recent PAX orders for 747's been, anyone have the figures?

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Hmmm, well here's a few: British Airways, Virgin, Qantas, Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines, Air China, China Airlines, United Airlines, Lufthansa Airlines, Air France, Global Supply Systems, Iran Air, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Polar Air, Kalitta Air, KLM Royal Dutch, Travel City Direct, Air Atlanta, Evergreen International, Garuda Indonesia, EL AL Israel Airlines, United Parcel Service, Dragonair Cargo, Cargolux, Saudia Arabian, Cathay Pacific...not that many really ;)

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There are some 407 747-400s passenger aircraft still flying plus countless classics, mostly with freight companies around the world. The airframe design is getting on for forty years old now and i should imagine it'll be around for countless more years to come.

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It's fair to say that the number operating transatlantic routes has fallen siginificantly over the last 10 years; only BA still operate alot of their US flights with 747s. But the A330/340/B767/777 have taken over most flights.