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Fast Facts: Boeing 747

747 Seven Series

The Boeing 747 Classics family includes the 747-100, 747-200, 747-300 and 747 Classics with special assignments. The Boeing 747-400ER (Extended Range), 747-8 Intercontinental and 747-8 Freighter are the latest high-capacity 747s.

The Boeing 747 is the world's first jumbo jet--doubling the size of the 707. Since 1970, the Boeing 747 has been produced in more than 20 versions, including freighter, convertibles, combis and special-use models. Known as the "Queen of the Skies," the 747 is the most recognized airplane in the world. The 747, a four-engine jet, sets new standards for long-range comfort and technology.

Boeing launched the 747 program on April 13, 1966, when Pan American Airways announced a $525 million order for 25 747s.

Boeing rolled out the first 747-100 from the Everett, Wash., factory on Sept. 30, 1968. Boeing delivered the airplane to Pan Am on Dec. 13, 1969.

Pan Am entered the 747-100 entered into commercial revenue service on Jan. 21, 1970, with a flight from New York to London.

In September 1986, Boeing delivered the last 747-100 to Japan Air Lines.

In total, Boeing delivered 250 747-100s.


Continuing to enhance the 747 family, the first 747-200 launched Dec. 19, 1968, with an order from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Boeing rolled out the airplane on Sept. 10, 1970, and delivered it to KLM on Jan. 15, 1971. KLM entered the 747-200 into service in June 1971.

Boeing delivered its last 747-200 to the U.S. Air Force in November 1991.

In total, Boeing delivered 393 747-200s.


Swissair ordered the first 747-300 on June 11, 1980. Boeing rolled out the airplane from the Everett, Wash., factory on Jan. 14, 1983, and delivered it to the launch customer on March 5, 1983. Swissair entered the 747-300 into service in March 1983.

Delivery of the last 747-300 was in September 1990 to Sabena.

U.S. presidential fleet

Boeing has designed or modified 15 747s for special purposes. Among them are two 747-200s delivered as U.S. presidential Air Force One airplanes and four 747-200s (designated E-4s) delivered to the U.S. Air Force as airborne emergency command and control posts. Another 747 was modified to ferry the U.S. space shuttle between California and Florida.


In October 1985, Boeing announced the 12th version of its jumbo jet family, the advanced-technology 747-400. Northwest was the launch customer, with an order placed on Oct. 22, 1985.

Boeing rolled out the first 747-400 from the Everett, Wash., factory on Jan. 26, 1988--on the same day it rolled out the first 737-400.

Boeing delivered the first 747-400 to Northwest on Jan. 26, 1989. Northwest entered the 747-400 into service on Feb. 9, 1989.

747-400ER (Extended Range)

Boeing launched the 747-400ER (Extended Range) airplane on Dec. 19, 2000, with an order from Qantas Airways. Boeing rolled out the first 747-400ER on June 17, 2002, and delivered it on Oct. 31, 2002. Qantas entered the 747-400ER into service on Nov. 7, 2002.


On Nov. 14, 2005, Boeing launched the 747-8 family--the 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airplane and the 747-8 Freighter--with orders from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines. The 747-8 Freighter is scheduled to enter service in late 2009, while the 747-8 Intercontinental is expected to enter service in mid- to late 2010. The 747-8 Intercontinental and 747-8 Freighter deliver more range, better fuel economy and lower operating costs than previous 747s.

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