Boeing manufactures the last 747 jumbo jet

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Only 44 passenger planes of the Boeing 747 now in active service after most were grounded during pandemic

The American multinational company Boeing has announced that the last of its 747 jumbo jets is about to roll off its assembly line. According to a report by the CNN on Tuesday, December 6, Boeing plans to stop manufacturing planes that use four fuel guzzling engines like the 747.  

The report said, the company had announced in 2020 that they would stop production of the jumbo jet as customers either purchased the more fuel efficient 777 freighters or reconditioned their older 747 passenger jets as freighters.  

The groundbreaking plane with its distinct second floor took its first flight in February 9, 1969. Boeing delivered its first set of the 747 passenger jumbo jets to former American airlines including Pan Am and TWA.  

Over 1,570 of the 747´s were produced by the company, out of which only 44 passenger versions and 314 freighters are in active service today, according to the report. The total number of 747 passenger jets went down from over 130 in 2019, after most planes that were grounded during the pandemic were never flown again, the report said.

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