Boeing 747 has been conquering the skies for 47 years now. Its record professional activity has been welcome with delight from many satisfied passengers. Thanks to its success, the plane is widely known as the jumbo jet or the queen of the skies. It is a transportation means that introduced new designs and performances on the market. It was the first plane with a double-decker structure and turned record speed into a routine. However, Boeing 747 is scheduled to have its final destination sooner than previously announced. Its generation of planes will say farewell at the end of 2017, and not 2018.
Scott Kirby announced on Wednesday that there are only 20 planes left from the Boeing 747 generation and all of them will retire from the skies in the fourth quarter of 2017. Initially, there was another announcement in March 2016 that stated this retirement would take place by the end of 2018. Kirby continued his statement with a bittersweet feeling. The company will surely miss the unique shape of such aircraft that once represented the best fleet in the world. Moreover, the management will make sure the employees will benefit from a smooth transition from Boeing 747 to other planes.
The reason why United will withdraw this product from the market regards different technical specs. The company has already other aircraft carriers that surpass Boeing 747 in efficiency. They are more cost-effective, reliable, and consume less fuel which is a protective measure for the environment. The newer versions of Boeing are also offering an improved experience for passengers engaged in long-haul travels.
Moreover, the jumbo jet requires more routine inspections and Tech Ops attention that other aircraft. These are all signs that Boeing 747 is outdated and reached the point when it presents an inconvenience for the flight crew. More than this, it has become a discomfort for the passengers also. The management stated that the queen of the skies records only the lowest customer satisfaction points as of lately.
The United airline still operates a Boeing 747 delivered in 1990, while the generation’s newest member is a 2000 aircraft. The final destination of the jumbo jet is yet unknown. However, the company will make public the news as soon as they can.
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