The American plant in Everett has finished assembling the last Boeing 747: the iconic “Jumbo Jet” or “Queen of the Skies”, in continuous production since 1967, will no longer be built. This aircraft will be delivered to Atlas Air.
“For more than half a century, tens of thousands of Boeing workers have designed and built this magnificent airplane, which has literally changed the world. We are proud that this aircraft will continue to fly around the world for years to come,” said Kim Smith , Boeing vice president and general manager of the 747 and 767 programs.
Production of the 747, the first twin-aisle wide-body aircraft, began in 1967 and continued for 54 years, during which 1,574 aircraft were built. At 76.2 meters it is still the longest commercial aircraft in service, capable of traveling the equivalent of 3 football fields every second at cruising speed. The latest product is a 747-8 Freighter model with a payload of 133.1 tons.