Although Boeing will not build any more 747-400 passenger planes, it’s hardly the end of the line for the 747.
Already in development is the bigger and more efficient 747-8 freighter and a passenger version, the 747-8 Intercontinental. Boeing has 84 firm orders for the 747-8, including 20 Intercontinentals ordered by Lufthansa.
The freighter will enter service in 2009, followed by the Intercontinental in 2010.
And even before Boeing begins building the 747-8, it still has 36 other 747-400 freighter orders to fill.