The Boeing 747
The iconic plane that made it’s debut at the Paris Air Show in 1969 is still the favorite of intercontinental travelers. The unique-looking jumbo jet revolutionized air travel as the first airliner to carry more than 500 passengers – almost double the capacity of the DC-8 and 707. Even with the increased number of travelers, flying was still glamorous and fun on the jumbo jets.
The new 747 is reminiscent of those days when you stepped on board and it felt like you were walking onto a small cruise ship. To the left was first class, to the right was economy and in the middle was the curved staircase leading up to a first class seating area. That was the best! Oh dear, I’m dating myself.
Although it still looks almost the same with its famous 1st class hump, the plane is lighter, more fuel-efficient and has all the electronic bells and whistles on the interior that we all expect.
Lufthansa, is already flying 6 of the planes out of Frankfurt to several U.S cities as well as the lucrative Frankfurt/Hong Kong route.
In fact, the White House is considering replacing the current Air Force 1 with a new 747-8. The only problem I see with the current Apple-loving administration is that the software used on the plane is Microsoft. Maybe there will be an iPlane in the future. Ya’ never know.
In the meantime enjoy Sugar Ray – Fly: