Last USA 747 Passenger Airplane Retired

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:

  1. 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.
  2. The 777’s that I’ve flown on to Asia don’t have eyeball air vents, so I end up roasting on long flights.

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