The Last Boeing 747 Rolls Off Assembly Line After More Than 50 Years of Production
Boeing rolled off the last Boeing 747 built after over half a century in production.
The final aircraft, a Boeing 747-8 for Atlas Air was rolled out of Boeing’s factory in Everett,
Washington, on Tuesday night.
In the last 52 years, 1,574 Boeing 747s were built including prototypes and even the US Air Force One presidential aircraft.
As modern wide-body airplanes with two engines prove to be more fuel efficient and profitable the demand for four-engine aircraft like the 747 decreased.
"For more than half a century, tens of thousands of dedicated Boeing employees have designed and built this magnificent airplane that has truly changed the world," Kim Smith, Vice President & General Manager of the 747 and 767 programs
The popular 747s reign during a time Boeing is battling through a series of crises following the two deadly crashes of the 737 MAX.
The last 747 built for Atlas Air will be flown by a Boeing test pilot and delivered to the carrier early next year.