1970 – The Boeing 747, the world’s first “jumbo jet”, enters commercial service
The Boeing 747 is a large, long–range wide-body airliner and cargo aircraft manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes in the United States.
The first flight took place on February 9, 1969 and the 747 was certified in December of that year. It entered service with Pan Am on January 22, 1970; it was the first airplane dubbed a “Jumbo Jet”.
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.
With a ten-abreast economy seating, it typically accommodates 366 passengers in three travel classes.
Extra Note: On July 29, 2020, Boeing confirmed that the final 747 would be delivered in 2022 as a result of “current market dynamics and outlook” stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to CEO David Calhoun.
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