The news from Chicago on Wednesday hit a nerve. Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun announced to employees the end of an era: “In light of the current market dynamics and outlook, we’ll complete production of the iconic 747 in 2022 .” It was the culmination of an accelerating downhill race for both the world’s biggest airliners, the vintage Boeing 747 and the Airbus A380, which has been in service only since 2007. The giants had not been economical to operate for a while, but the pandemic made them obsolete. It’s a painful farewell for some. Many Australians had tears in their eyes when they watched the last Qantas Boeing 747 take off at Sydney airport recently. “Across Australia, emotions were raw as Aussies said goodbye to a lady and dear friend who had perhaps brought some of us to a new life down under, or taken us to the world,” commented Australian aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas. Another added: “Until the 747 era most Australians could reach the outside world only by ship. We will miss her.” A last salute in Sydney for the last Qantas 747 This era began for Qantas in 1971 — and ended prematurely in July 2020, after… Read full this story
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