Why Boeing stopped making the 747 jumbo jet


Since the first commercial flight in 1970, BoeingThe 747 jumbo jet has flown more than 3.5 billion passengers. The biplane made air travel much more affordable for millions of people around the world. It is still one of the most recognizable aircraft to take to the skies with its iconic hump, four engines, extended landing gear and massive size.

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But in recent decades, airlines have forced aircraft manufacturers to use more fuel-efficient aircraft to reduce costs. Twin-engine jets can now fly at nearly the same capacity and fly farther than older four-engine jets like Boeing’s 747 and the Airbus A380.

TBEN visited Boeing’s factory in Everett, Washington, to see the last 747 roll off the production line. It will go Atlas air for cargo flights. TBEN looks back at how the 747 changed air travel and what’s next for Boeing.

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