", "Boeing Commits To Produce New Longer-Range 767-400ER. The 747's maximum takeoff weight ranges from 735,000 pounds (333,400 kg) for the -100 to 970,000 lb (439,985 kg) for the -8. [276] It is located at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi. [30] The engine technology was thought to be capable of delivering double the power of the earlier turbojets while consuming one–third less fuel. [80] Minor aerodynamic changes allowed the -300's cruise speed to reach Mach 0.85 compared with Mach 0.84 on the -200 and -100 models, while retaining the same takeoff weight. [94] Though the 747X design was less costly than the 747-500X and -600X, it was criticized for not offering a sufficient advance from the existing 747-400. [250] El Al Flight 1862 crashed after the fuse pins for an engine broke off shortly after take-off due to metal fatigue. )[29], One of the principal technologies that enabled an aircraft as large as the 747 to be drawn up was the high-bypass turbofan engine. [182] The combi version entered service in September 1989 with KLM, while the freighter version entered service in November 1993 with Cargolux. ", "Boeing 747 On Deathwatch: How Boeing's New 777X Will Kill Its Jumbo Jet Predecessor, Once The Queen Of The Skies", "Final 747 flight now scheduled for Monday", "Turning Today's Challenges into Opportunities for Tomorrow. Photo: Luca Flores. It was my first time flying long haul First Class with British Airways and I was really looking forward to seeing what they had to offer. The first hangar suitable for the aircraft type was built in March 1971 before receiving the aircraft officially in April. [36], Boeing agreed to deliver the first 747 to Pan Am by the end of 1969. The delivery date left 28 months to design the aircraft, which was two-thirds of the normal time. 2 undelivered Boeing testbeds) as of June 2020, econ. [197][198] The variant received its amended type certificate jointly from the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on August 19, 2011. ", "Boeing plans propfan engines for bigger jumbos in 1990s", "Impact of New Large Aircraft on Airport Design (PDF). [178], The -400 was offered in passenger (-400), freighter (-400F), combi (-400M), domestic (-400D), extended range passenger (-400ER), and extended range freighter (-400ERF) versions. The type was certified by the FAA on September 26, 1973, with the first delivery on the same day. [83]:86 The 300 series resulted from Boeing studies to increase the seating capacity of the 747, during which modifications such as fuselage plugs and extending the upper deck over the entire length of the fuselage were rejected. 939 km/h (507kt), *Overlapping production times like between the 747-400 and the 747-8 have been decided in favor of newer models. British Airways 747 first class lavatory. The company considered locations in about 50 cities,[39] and eventually decided to build the new plant some 30 miles (50 km) north of Seattle on a site adjoining a military base at Paine Field near Everett, Washington. 20 March, 2020 last passenger flight from Dallas-Fort Worth to Heathrow. More information from the 747 retirement announcement is ... Popular/recent routes. With a ten-abreast economy seating, it typically accommodates 366 passengers in three travel classes. British Airways did not exist in its current incarnation when the Boeing 747 was launched in 1970. By June 2020, 1,556 aircraft had been built, with 15 747-8s remaining on order. Originally flown commercially by Pan Am as N747PA, Clipper Juan T. Trippe, and repaired for service following a tailstrike, it stayed with the airline until its bankruptcy. [132], The initial order for the -100SR – four aircraft for Japan Air Lines (JAL, later Japan Airlines) – was announced on October 30, 1972; rollout occurred on August 3, 1973, and the first flight took place on August 31, 1973. As a derivative of the already common 747-400, the 747-8 has the economic benefit of similar training and interchangeable parts. [136] The type's maiden flight occurred on February 26, 1986, with FAA certification and first delivery on March 24, 1986. Despite a minor problem with one of the flaps, the flight confirmed that the 747 handled extremely well. ", "N905NA (1970 BOEING 747-123 owned by NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION) Aircraft Registration ✈ FlightAware", "Shuttle replica lifted and put on top of 747 carrier", "Boeing 747-100 Nose Section and Cockpit", "Location scouting Client Liaison's "A Foreign Affair, "Retired 747-400 takes road trip home to Flight Museum", "Boeing 747-438 "VH-OJA, City of Canberra, "Dark Roasted Blend: Abandoned Boeing 747 Restaurant (and Other Plane Conversions). [93], As Airbus progressed with its A3XX study, Boeing offered a 747 derivative as an alternative in 2000; a more modest proposal than the previous -500X and -600X that retained the 747's overall wing design and add a segment at the root, increasing the span to 229 ft (69.8 m). After introducing the 707 in October 1958, Pan Am wanted a jet 2½ times its size, to reduce its seat cost by 30% to democratize air travel. [142], The development of the 747SP stemmed from a joint request between Pan American World Airways and Iran Air, who were looking for a high-capacity airliner with enough range to cover Pan Am's New York–Middle Eastern routes and Iran Air's planned Tehran–New York route. [75] Later, Delta acquired 747s again in 2008 as part of its merger with Northwest Airlines, although it retired the 747-400 fleet in December 2017. During the ceremonial 747 contract-signing banquet in Seattle on Boeing's 50th Anniversary, Juan Trippe predicted that the 747 would be "…a great weapon for peace, competing with intercontinental missiles for mankind's destiny". An example for a retrofit were two UTA -200 Combis being converted in 1986, and an example for the option were two brand-new JAL -100 aircraft (designated -100BSR SUD), the first of which was delivered on March 24, 1986. The Boeing 747 is a large, long–range wide-body airliner and cargo aircraft manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes in the United States. The world’s most popular flight tracker. Some of the last built 747-400s were delivered with Dreamliner livery along with the modern Signature interior from the Boeing 777. [71][72] [1] The -400 entered service in 1989. dubbed ‘Victor Delta’ (G-CIVD | L.N. [134] Overall, twenty-nine 747SRs were built. [126], The 747-100 was the original variant launched in 1966. In 1979, Qantas became the first airline in the to operate an all Boeing 747 fleet with seventeen. [155], The combi aircraft model, the 747-200M, could carry freight in the rear section of the main deck via a side cargo door. [169] The last 747-300 was delivered in September 1990 to Sabena. [231], Like its predecessor, the 747X family was unable to garner enough interest to justify production, and it was shelved along with the 767-400ERX in March 2001, when Boeing announced the Sonic Cruiser concept. Shortly before pushback Captain Kingston came on the PA (I wouldn’t usually state the name, but in this case it’s like an American flight with a Captain Smith, Lufthansa flight with a Captain Mueller, or Air India flight with a Captain Patel, so I figure it’s not too far out of place) to welcome everyone aboard. Many of the frames offered the same in terms of usage, meaning that all Boeing 747 across the BA fleet had a busy and well-used life. ", "Her Majesty the Queen Against Ripudaman Singh Malik and Ajaib Singh Bagri. In April 1966, Pan Am ordered 25 747-100 aircraft for US$525 million. In October 1980, the first Boeing 747 Freighter, dubbed G-KILO (L.N.480/MSN 22306) was delivered to BA. The -100BSR first flew on November 3, 1978, with first delivery to All Nippon Airways (ANA) on December 21, 1978. Boeing announced the 747-500X and -600X at the 1996 Farnborough Airshow. However, only RB211-524 (Saudia) and JT9D-7A (Iran Air) engines were ordered. The Antonov An-225 Mriya cargo transport, which debuted in 1988, remains the world's largest aircraft by several measures (including the most accepted measures of maximum takeoff weight and length); one aircraft has been completed and is in service as of 2017[update]. During the 1970s and 1980s, over 30 regularly scheduled 747s could often be seen at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The first 747-300, completed in 1983, included a stretched upper deck, increased cruise speed, and increased seating capacity. May 2005 came along and at that period, countries around the world began the process of bidding for the upcoming 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair signing a 747 to support London’s bid to host the games. In recent years, some older 747-300s and 747-400s have also found their way into museums as well. But what we do know is this. Boeing built an unusual training device known as "Waddell's Wagon" (named for a 747 test pilot, Jack Waddell) that consisted of a mock-up cockpit mounted on the roof of a truck. Length: 70.6m, Height: 19.41m, Wingspan: 64.4m. A crowd gathered around the airport to watch the largest aircraft... © Copyright 2020 Airways International, Inc. All rights reserved. BA's first delivery of the 747-400 was made in July 1989 and its last in April 1999. Power is supplied by General Electric GEnx-2B67 engines. [227], The 747-500X concept featured an increased fuselage length of 18 ft (5.5 m) to 250 ft (76.2 m) long, and the aircraft was to carry 462 passengers over a range up to 8,700 nautical miles (10,000 mi, 16,100 km), with a gross weight of over 1.0 Mlb (450 tonnes). For the year and a half after September 1970 it only sold two 747s in the world, both to Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus. ", The last B747-SP is going to retire on 15 June, "Iran Air retires last remaining pax B747-200", "Boeing 747-100/-200/-300/-SP airport report. [43] Time was so short that the 747's full-scale mock-up was built before the factory roof above it was finished. I don’t normally pen typical trip reports. Its last passenger flight was on 20 March 2020, from Chicago to Heathrow. With increased economy class seating, up to 498 passengers could be carried in early versions and up to 550 in later models. Around 18 airframes are still queued for their eventual retirement, with the following already retired: The 1970s were when the 50-year relationship with the aircraft began, which was before the merger of the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) and British European Airways (BEA). G-AWNF (L.N. [32], The project was designed with a new methodology called fault tree analysis, which allowed the effects of a failure of a single part to be studied to determine its impact on other systems. [159] Of these, 225 were -200B, 73 were -200F, 13 were -200C, 78 were -200M, and 4 were military. Young -400s are sold for 320 million yuan ($50 million) and Boeing stopped converting freighters, which used to cost nearly $30 million. [135], In 1986, two -100BSR SUD models, featuring the stretched upper deck (SUD) of the -300, were produced for JAL. 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[248], Accidents due to design deficiencies included TWA Flight 800, where a 747-100 exploded in mid-air on July 17, 1996, probably due to sparking electricity wires inside the fuel tank;[249] this finding led the FAA to propose a rule requiring installation of an inerting system in the center fuel tank of most large aircraft that was adopted in July 2008, after years of research into solutions. [273] The airplane also appears frequently in the television series Top Gear, which is filmed at Dunsfold. The industry has gone through mass furloughs, layoffs, aircraft storage and retirement,... PRESTWICK — The Antonov AN225 Mriya has touched down in Glasgow Prestwick Airport (PIK) today. [177], The 747-8 Freighter, or 747-8F, is derived from the 747-400ERF. [92] The proposed models would have combined the 747's fuselage with a new 251 ft (77 m) span wing derived from the 777. ", "GE's CF6 Engine Models Tailored For Boeing's 747-400XQLR Wide-Body. This meant that it would be possible to support a 2-wide 2-high stack of containers two or three ranks deep with a fuselage size similar to the earlier CX-HLS project. [55] The program was further delayed when one of the five test aircraft suffered serious damage during a landing attempt at Renton Municipal Airport, site of the company's Renton factory. BA 747 and 777 First Class. [16] The era of commercial jet transportation, led by the enormous popularity of the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8, had revolutionized long-distance travel. [172] As of July 2019[update], only two 747-300s remain in commercial service, with Mahan Air (1) and TransAVIAexport Airlines (1). [78] In Japan, 747s on domestic routes were configured to carry nearly the maximum passenger capacity. [1] The cockpit was, therefore, placed on a shortened upper deck so that a freight-loading door could be included in the nose cone; this design feature produced the 747's distinctive "hump". [91], Since the arrival of the 747-400, several stretching schemes for the 747 have been proposed. [238] Delta flew three of its last four aircraft on a farewell tour, from Seattle to Atlanta on December 19 then to Los Angeles and Minneapolis/St Paul on December 20. [102][103] The first 747-8 Intercontinental passenger variant was delivered to Lufthansa on May 5, 2012. As increasing numbers of "classic" 747-100 and 747-200 series aircraft have been retired, some have found their way into museums or other uses. [90] The 747 remained the heaviest commercial aircraft in regular service until the debut of the Antonov An-124 Ruslan in 1982; variants of the 747-400 surpassed the An-124's weight in 2000. The aircraft flew for the first time on September 9, 2006 in a test flight. In November 2007, the first trial on using an aircraft at the brand new Terminal 5 was used in order to test out the baggage, cargo, catering, and fuelling operations. Track British Airways (BA) #747 flight from Cardiff, Wales to Cardiff, Wales. After introducing the 707 in October 1958, Pan Am wanted a jet 2½ times its size, to reduce its seat cost by 30% to democratize air travel. [92] The cost of the changes from previous 747 models, in particular the new wing for the 747-500X and -600X, was estimated to be more than US$5 billion. [41] Seven -100SRs were built between 1973 and 1975, each with a 520,000-pound (240 t) MTOW and Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7A engines derated to 43,000 pounds-force (190 kN) of thrust. [85] Passenger, short range and combination freighter-passenger versions of the 300 series were produced. The longer range has been used by some airlines to bypass traditional fuel stops, such as Anchorage. [105], In January 2016, Boeing stated it was reducing 747-8 production to six a year beginning in September 2016, incurring a $569 million post-tax charge against its fourth-quarter 2015 profits. ", "J.A.L. [28] (A different configuration that had been considered in order to keep the flight deck out of the way for freight loading had the pilots below the passengers, and was dubbed the "anteater". [175][176] Powerplants include the Pratt & Whitney PW4062, General Electric CF6-80C2, and Rolls-Royce RB211-524. [11] There have been several hijackings of Boeing 747s, such as Pan Am Flight 73 where a Boeing 747-121 was hijacked by four terrorists and resulted in 20 deaths. The -300 variant was previously designated 747SUD for stretched upper deck, then 747-200 SUD,[84] followed by 747EUD, before the 747-300 designation was used. Later, as airlines began to use the upper deck for premium passenger seating instead of lounge space, Boeing offered an upper deck with ten windows on either side as an option. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) classifies variants using a shortened code formed by combining the model number and the variant designator (e.g. [137] JAL operated the -100BSR SUD with 563 seats on domestic routes until their retirement in the third quarter of 2006. Date it entered … [84] As on the -100, a stretched upper deck (SUD) modification was later offered. View a complete production list for the Boeing 747 (B747) family including information on registrations, MSN, first flight and photos. [294][295] Appearing in over 300 film productions[296] the 747 is one of the most widely depicted civilian aircraft and is considered by many as one of the most iconic in film history. British Airways’s long-haul predecessor, BOAC, had Boeing 747s standing around uselessly for almost a year before they took to the sky. ", "Uranium Pollution from the Amsterdam 1992 Plane Crash. In 1963, the United States Air Force started a series of study projects on a very large strategic transport aircraft. [1], As Boeing did not have a plant large enough to assemble the giant airliner, they chose to build a new plant. A former British Airways 747-200B, G-BDXJ,[272] is parked at the Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, England and has been used as a movie set for productions such as the 2006 James Bond film, Casino Royale. MIAMI - 2020 has been a year like no other for aviation. [46], On September 30, 1968, the first 747 was rolled out of the Everett assembly building before the world's press and representatives of the 26 airlines that had ordered the airliner. Weight: 184 tonnes, maximum take-off weight 378 tonnes . There’s something incredibly special about it in that regard. [151] The 747-200 was produced in passenger (-200B), freighter (-200F), convertible (-200C), and combi (-200M) versions. The 747-300 was launched in 1980 and was followed by the 747-400 in 1985. These studies led to initial requirements for the CX-Heavy Logistics System (CX-HLS) in March 1964 for an aircraft with a load capacity of 180,000 pounds (81,600 kg) and a speed of Mach 0.75 (500 mph or 800 km/h), and an unrefueled range of 5,000 nautical miles (9,300 km) with a payload of 115,000 pounds (52,200 kg). [241][242] The final British Airways 747 flights departed London Heathrow on 8 October 2020.[243][244]. [110] With a firm order backlog of 21 aircraft and a production rate of six per year, program accounting has been reduced to 1,555 aircraft, and the 747 line could be closed in the third quarter of 2019. Boeing president William M. Allen asked Malcolm T. Stamper, then head of the company's turbine division, to oversee construction of the Everett factory and to start production of the 747. The 747 was found to be largely immune to "Dutch roll", a phenomenon that had been a major hazard to the early swept-wing jets. I flew British Airways First Class onboard a Boeing 747-400 on their flight from Chicago to London Heathrow. "World Airliner Census". 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February 1998 came along and the airline bade farewell to four of its -400 aircraft, with an order for five 777-200 being the replacement for the aircraft. Chatham Dockyard. The Tenerife airport disaster resulted from pilot error and communications failure, while the Japan Airlines Flight 123 and China Airlines Flight 611 crashes stemmed from improper aircraft repair. At the time, the new safety system was expected to cost US$100,000 to $450,000 per aircraft and weigh approximately 200 pounds (91 kg). [80] Increased maximum takeoff weight allows aircraft to carry more fuel and have longer range. The newly-constructed Boeing 747, Pan Am Flight Two, touched down at Heathrow at 1414GMT today - seven hours late due to technical problems. [15], The 747 was conceived while air travel was increasing in the 1960s. [186] However, orders for 36 -400F and -400ERF freighters were already in place at the time of the announcement. LONDON – As British Airways (BA) completes retirements of its Boeing 747 that were based in London Heathrow (LHR), Airways takes a look back at its history as more of the frames are destined for their end. It entered service with Pan Am on January 22, 1970; it was the first airplane dubbed a "Jumbo Jet". [86] The variant had a new glass cockpit, which allowed for a cockpit crew of two instead of three,[87] new engines, lighter construction materials, and a redesigned interior. [147] A total of 45 747SPs were built,[4] with the 44th 747SP delivered on August 30, 1982. [116], The Boeing 747 is a large, wide-body (two-aisle) airliner with four wing-mounted engines. [228] Both would feature an interior based on the 777. In April 1966, Pan Am ordered 25 747-100 aircraft and in late 1966, Pratt & Whitney agreed to develop its JT9D, a high-bypass turbofan. The Scaled Composites Stratolaunch is the currently the largest aircraft by wingspan. This difficulty was partly solved by reducing the stiffness of some wing components. Airlines brought forward the retirement of Boeing 747s due to the coronavirus pandemic. [186] The last passenger version of the 747-400 was delivered in April 2005 to China Airlines. Development cost soared, and production delays occurred as new technologies were incorporated at the request of airlines. [50], During later stages of the flight test program, flutter testing showed that the wings suffered oscillation under certain conditions. April 1999 saw the sales-based relationship with Boeing and the 747 come to an end as the 59th and final -400 was delivered to the airline. It has a pronounced 37.5° wing sweep, allowing a Mach 0.85 (490 kn; 900 km/h) cruise speed, and its heavy weight is supported by four main landing gear legs with four-wheel bogies each. [144] In addition to airline use, one 747SP was modified for the NASA/German Aerospace Center SOFIA experiment. [98], On November 14, 2005, Boeing announced it was launching the 747 Advanced as the Boeing 747-8. [148] Iran Air is the last civil operator of the type; its final 747-SP (EP-IAC) was to be retired in June 2016. By 1987, BA had acquired five miscellaneous Boeing 747 aircraft from British Caledonian (BR), which merged with the airline following negative financials from the carrier. It entered service in 1972 with Lufthansa. [224] The derivative would use more efficient unducted fan (UDF) engines (propfans) made by General Electric, be stretched (including the upper deck section) to a capacity of 500 seats, have a new wing to reduce drag, cruise at a faster speed to reduce flight times, and have a range of at least 8,700 nmi (16,000 km), which would allow airlines to fly nonstop between London, England and Sydney, Australia.[225]. This comeback helped the airframer financing arm Boeing Capital to shrink its exposure to the 747-8 from $1.07 billion in 2017 to $481 million in 2018. Allen later said, "It was really too large a project for us. This aircraft first flew on June 20, 1979, received FAA certification on August 1, 1979, and was delivered the next day. [162], The 747-400 Dreamlifter[190] (originally called the 747 Large Cargo Freighter or LCF[191]) is a Boeing-designed modification of existing 747-400s to a larger configuration to ferry 787 Dreamliner sub-assemblies. ", "Boeing Delivers First 747-300 Special Freighter To Atlas Air", "Technical Specifications – 747 Classics", "Qantas's final Boeing 747-300 heads for graveyard. Most problematic was evacuation from the aircraft's upper deck; instead of using a conventional slide, volunteer passengers escaped by using a harness attached to a reel. [92] Boeing was not able to attract enough interest to launch the aircraft. [134] The -100BSR had a 600,000 lb (270 t) MTOW and was powered by the same JT9D-7A or General Electric CF6-45 engines used on the -100SR. [80], Swissair placed the first order for the 747-300 on June 11, 1980. I flew with British Airways to London from Los Angeles in end of January (Who would’ve thought that would be my last BA 747 flight?) [239], As the IATA forecast an increase in air freight from 4% to 5% in 2018 fuelled by booming trade for time-sensitive goods, from smartphones to fresh flowers, demand for freighters is strong while passenger 747s are phased out. [196] As on previous 747 freighters, the 747-8F features an overhead nose-door and a side-door on the main deck plus a side-door on the lower deck ("belly") to aid loading and unloading. [64] Although technical problems occurred, they were relatively minor and quickly solved. On February 8, 2010, the 747-8 Freighter made its maiden flight. [41] Besides the passenger model, two other versions (-300M, -300SR) were produced. Boeing decided instead to pursue a shortened four-engine 747, resulting in the 747SP. While only two -100BSR SUDs were produced, in theory, standard -100Bs can be modified to the SUD certification. The 747SP is 48 feet 4 inches (14.73 m) shorter than the 747-100. In 1965, Joe Sutter left the 737 development program to design the 747, the first twin aisle airliner. On the technological front again, August 2006 saw the aircraft switch over to a new computerized maintenance system known as EWS. [80] The shortened 747SP (special performance) with a longer range was also developed, and entered service in 1976. The first of the 747-400s is currently 28 years old and is by far one of the oldest aircraft in the BA fleet. No 747s were sold to any American carrier for almost three years. [235] Although the 747-400XQLR did not move to production, many of its features were used for the 747 Advanced, which has now been launched as the 747-8. However, engineering studies showed that a major redesign of the 747 wing would be necessary. The sweep also reduces the wingspan, allowing the 747 to use existing hangars. [10] [41], Developing the 747 had been a major challenge, and building its assembly plant was also a huge undertaking. The first 747-400BCF was redelivered in December 2005. Deliveries are scheduled through 2022. [22][60] The firm's debt exceeded $2 billion, with the $1.2 billion owed to the banks setting a record for all companies. Orders 15 More of Boeing's 747-400s. ", "ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 747-258F 4X-AXG Amsterdam", "Aircraft and Space Craft, Boeing 747−121. [52][53], The flight test program was hampered by problems with the 747's JT9D engines. The variant is designed to be quieter, more economical, and more environmentally friendly. (Photo: British Airways) Then there’s a version unique to the A380 which features around 50% more personal space (but effectively has the same seat). The upper deck has a 3–3 seat arrangement in economy class and a 2–2 layout in first class.[118]. The SP's flaps used a simplified single-slotted configuration. ", "Aircraft Owner's and Operator's Guide: 747-200/300 (PDF). [123][124] This fifth engine mount point is also used by Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne program. In October 1980, the A year later, in August 1994, BA signed a co-operative deal with Australian carrier Qantas (QF) to ensure scheduling, sales and marketing on its 35 weekly 747 flights on what was known as “Kangaroo services”. Evergreen Aviation Technologies Corporation of Taiwan was contracted to complete modifications of 747-400s into Dreamlifters in Taoyuan. [129] A total of 168 747-100s were built; 167 were delivered to customers, while Boeing kept the prototype, City of Everett. ", "Boeing: Commercial Airplanes - 747 Fun Facts", "Japan Airlines To Receive 100th Boeing 747 Aircraft. We’d happily spend our points and 2-for-1 vouchers on another BA First flight. [45] Tests also involved taxiing such a large aircraft. [177] As a result of the Boeing 767 development overlapping with the 747-400's development, both aircraft can use the same three powerplants and are even interchangeable between the two aircraft models. [236], As of July 2019[update], there were 462 Boeing 747s in airline service, with Atlas Air and British Airways being the largest operators with 33 747-400s each. [174] A 747-400 loaded with 126,000 lbs of fuel flying 3,500 statute miles consumes an average of five gallons per mile. Around three years later, once the economy recovered, BA placed its largest single aircraft order ever placed for 16 brand new 747-400 aircraft at list prices of $4.3m, with options for an additional 12 to replace its aging -100 aircraft. What the seat and entertainment technology lacked was made up by the attentive service, excellent wine selection, and some plane food that surprised us. 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