Why Boeing stopped making the 747 jumbo jet

Since the first commercial flight in 1970, Boeing airplanesThe 747’s jumbo jet has flown more than 3.5 billion passengers. Double-decker planes make air travel more affordable for millions of people around the globe. It remains one of the most recognizable planes to take to the skies with its iconic hump, four engines, spacious undercarriage, and sheer size.

But over the past few decades, airlines have pushed aircraft manufacturers to build more fuel-efficient planes to keep costs down. Twin-engine jets can now fly at the same power and fly farther than older four-engine planes like Boeing’s 747 and planes A380.

CNBC visited Boeing’s factory in Everett, Washington to see The last 747 rolled off the production line. It will go to air map for cargo flights. CNBC looks back at how the 747 changed air travel and what’s next for Boeing.

Watch the video to learn more.


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