Boeing 747 'Jumbo Jet'

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Boeing 747 versions

The first flight of the Boeing 747-100 was on 9 February 1969. The first aircraft was delivered to Pan Am on 13 December 1969 and this airline commenced service on 21 January 1970. Boeing produced 167 basic 747-100s, 9 heavier -100Bs and 29 -200SRs (Short Range).

The 747-200 flew for the first time on 11 October 1970 and the first delivery to KLM took place on 15 January 1971. Boeing built 223 aircraft of this version.

The first flight of this freighter version was on 30 November 1971. Lufthansa started operations on 19 April 1972. Boeing built 29 Freighters.

The 747-200C Convertible made its maiden flight on 23 March 1973. The aircraft was first delivered to World Airways on 30 April 1973. The last example of this version was delivered to Martinair in September 1988 after construction of 13 aircraft.

First flight was on 4 July 1975 and Pan Am started operations on 25 April 1976. The last SP was delivered to the Abu Dhabi Government (UAE) in September 1989.

The mixed passenger/cargo version, or Combi, flew for the first time on 18 November 1974. Air Canada was the first customer, starting operations on 7 March 1975. A number of 77 -200Ms was built.

First flight: 5 October 1982. First delivery to UTA on 1 March 1983. Also a short-range variant (SR) exists.

Combi-version of the 747-300. The first flight was on 14 February 1983 and deliveries started to Swissair on 5 March 1983. A total of 81 747-300's was delivered of all variants.

Much improved version of the 747. Maiden flight was on 29 April 1988. Northwest Airlines became the first operator on 9 February 1989.

Combi-variant of the 747-400. The first flight was 30 June 1989 and the first operator was KLM in September 1989.

Domestic version of the 747-400, without winglets. The first flight took place on 18 March 1991 and Japan Airlines (JAL) started flyint this variant in October 1991.

Freighter. The maiden flight was on 4 May 1993. Cargolux started operating this version in November 1993.

Extended range variant of the 747-400. The first flight was on 31 July 2002. Qantas became ther first user on 7 November 2002.

Extended Range Freighter. Flew for the first time in September 2002. Air France introduced this version in service in October 2002. Of all 747-400 versions more than 700 Boeing 747-400 have been ordered.

Moderately stretched aircraft (18ft 3in - 5.6m), freighter version. Cargolux is to become the first operator in 2009.

Intercontinental passenger aircraft. Lufthansa was the first airline to order 20 aircraft (plus 20 options).


Boeing designed or modified several 747s for special purposes, including two 747-200 Air Force One VIP-aircraft for the president of the United States. Four 747-200s, designated as E-4s, were built airborne emergency command and control posts for the U.S. Air Force. One 747 was modified to ferry the Space Shuttle. The 747LCF (Large Cargo Freighter or Dreamlifter) is developed to transport large 787 parts to the assembly line in Seattle. Boeing 747s have also been demonstrated as in-flight refueling tankers and fire-fighters.

Boeing 747 Focus Air

A modified 747-200 freighter of the US airline Focus Air.

Boeing 747 Dragon Air

A modified 747-300 freighter of Dragonair of Hong Kong.

Boeing 747 Singapore Airlines Cargo

A Boeing 747-400F Mega Ark of Singapore Airlines.

Boeing 747 JAL

A Boeing 747-400 passenger aircraft of Japan Airlines.

Boeing 747-8

The future 747-8 freighter and passenger aircraft.
(Photo: Boeing)

Boeing 747 Dreamlifter

The specially modified Boeing 747 Large Cargo Freighter.
(Photo: Boeing)

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