The last 747 has been retired from passenger service in the USA.
I’ll miss the 747 because it was the only widely-used airliner built for trans-oceanic flights:
- For safety reasons, I’d rather have 4 engines than 2 for trans-oceanic flights. The slow acceptance of twin-engined airliners under ETOPS over the past few decades means greater fuel efficiency for airlines, but in a pinch you’re left with one engine, which is not a good situation for passengers.
- The 777’s that I’ve flown on to Asia don’t have eyeball air vents, so I end up roasting on long flights.