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Old November 13th, 2015, 02:56 PM   #2021
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“It democratized long-range travel,” said Carlo Galiotto, who flew 747s for Alitalia as both first officer and captain. “Until the 1980s, our traffic was made up of immigrants who came back to visit Italy, or very well-off people. But the 747 made travel possible for people who just wanted to, say, spend four days in New York.”

The Jumbo was also a pilot’s dream, recalled Galiotto, who flew the now-retired 200 series, the last one to feature a bewildering deluge of classic round dials on the flight deck instead of the computer screens in today’s 747s.

“It was like a forgiving father. You could make mistakes. It was so well-built, so massive and with redundant systems, that it would shrug off pilot errors. And if you lost an engine, it didn’t care a bit,” Galiotto said. “Losing an engine on any other plane would have been an emergency. On that one, it was just an anomaly.”

Galiotto added: “Passengers felt safer, too. Despite its great inertia, it felt more stable. It had ample space for cabin personnel, too. Life on board was less neurotic for everybody.”

David Powell, who flew both 747s and 777s for United Continental Holdings' (NYSE:UAL) United Air Lines and is now dean of the Western Michigan University College of Aviation in Kalamazoo, took a diplomatic stance on whether he prefers one or the other. “I’ve got friends on the 777 -- it’s a wonderful airplane,” he said. But the 747’s extra engines make it safer. “If I am flying across the Pacific on a 747 and lose an engine, I’ve got three more. On the 777, that never happened, but they came close.”

Powell said of the 747: “It really was the queen of the fleet. Four engines, a beautiful airplane. The upper deck was unique, and for a pilot it was nice being up there.” He conceded, “But it’s all about the cost.”
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Old November 16th, 2015, 02:35 AM   #2022
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LN 1519 Transaero (NTU) emerged from the paint hangar last night.

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Old November 16th, 2015, 02:56 AM   #2023
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Transaero no longer exist. Hence the white paint job.
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Old November 16th, 2015, 03:55 AM   #2024
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Transaero no longer exist. Hence the white paint job.

Correct - but officially it is still on the order books as TRX. Scheduled to complete a B1 and then ferried to storage in Marana.
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Old November 16th, 2015, 04:23 AM   #2025
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One can only wonder how would it look like, had Transaero still exist until today....
I wonder who would take the order....?
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Old November 16th, 2015, 06:06 AM   #2026
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One can only wonder how would it look like, had Transaero still exist until today....
I wonder who would take the order....?
I know Boeing wouldnt do this .... but what if they give it or a really cheap lease to Emirates.

Try and persuade them to buy some 747 - 8is.

Like i said ... i doubt it. But you know that they want 380 NEO but might be persuaded to buy some 747-8is. A dumb but interesting idea.
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Old November 16th, 2015, 07:37 PM   #2027
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Double B748F delivery to AirBrigeCargo today, 2 former Asiana NTU frames:
LN1501 RC671 VQ-BFU and LN1502 RC672 VQ-BFE
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Old November 16th, 2015, 10:50 PM   #2028
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Today I saw British Airways B747-400 at DFW Dallas airport while I was sitting at my gate in DFW but it was little foggy so I couldn't get picture it wasn't clear anyway next time
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Old November 19th, 2015, 07:34 PM   #2029
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Boeing booked the 2 delivered 747-8Fs to AirBrigeCargo as an unidentified order last week.

http://www.boeing.com/commercial/#/orders-deliveries
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Old November 20th, 2015, 06:01 AM   #2030
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Old November 20th, 2015, 08:47 PM   #2031
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The second 748 frame for the ex Transaero LN1523 is now painted white.

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Old November 21st, 2015, 06:04 AM   #2032
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British Airways could have ordered the Boeing 747-8i.....had it not for their occasional feud with General Electric.
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Old November 21st, 2015, 10:13 PM   #2033
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British Airways could have ordered the Boeing 747-8i.....had it not for their occasional feud with General Electric.
Boeing is hanging on and being patient with the 747-8i. I am sure their thinking is that the A380 is doomed and will stop production soon enough in a next 4 -5 years.

Then Boeing will be ready for more 8i orders.
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Old November 21st, 2015, 10:33 PM   #2034
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I wouldn't be surprised if Boeing will directly pitch the 777-9 to any airline that comes to them asking about the 747-8I. And if any airline doesn't want to wait until 2020 they will offer 777-300ERs with very sharp discounts.

Boeing will keep the 8I on offer for any small customers that might want to pick up the white tails and of course for the BBJ & AF1. But they will only be able to because of the 747-8F, that will most likely continue to pick up just enough orders to keep the production going at the slowest rate possible.


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Thai Airways International | Boeing 747-4D7 | HS-TGG at CSI Airport, Mumbai

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Cargolux picked up another B747-400F from desert.
LN1065 LX-FCL
He he, they "repainted" this one. Cargolux it's either short on money or they won't be using this frame for long period of time.

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Old November 23rd, 2015, 07:06 AM   #2037
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Boeing 747 - Corsair by Charles Dheret, on Flickr



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Virgin Atlantic Airways - Boeing 747-4Q8 - G-VHOT – Heathrow Airport by paulstevenchalmers, on Flickr
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Boeing this week revealed that they are listing the AirBridgeCargo lease deal as an order under their name:

http://www.boeing.com/commercial/#/orders-deliveries
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Is that true that Thai Airways did consider to purchase some Boeing 747-8i? Yesterday I want to a hobby shop and saw a diecast model of the type in Thai Airways color. It looks great though.....
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