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Boeing 747

Third BA Retrojet Revealed

The third in a series of four British Airways (BA) heritage liveries has entered service. A second Boeing 747-400, G-BNLY (c/n 27090), has returned to the Landor colours it wore when delivered on February 10, 1993. The design, worn by

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50 Years of the Jumbo Jet

The plane that truly opened up international air travel for the masses, the Boeing 747, was unveiled to the public 50 years ago. The new aircraft was revealed to thousands at Boeing’s new factory at Everett, Seattle on September 30,

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World’s Most Powerful Turbofan Flies

GE Aviation has flown its GE9X engine for the first time under the wing of the company’s Boeing 747 flying test bed, N747GF (c/n 26355).  The powerplant took to the air at 10.40am Pacific standard time on March 13 from

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United Accelerates 747 Retirement

United Airlines will retire its Boeing 747 fleet in Q4, a year earlier than planned. President Scott Kirby announced that the company will bring forward the retirement of the 20-strong fleet in a message posted to employees on January 11.  “As

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United Outlines Fleet Changes

United Airlines is accelerating the retirement of its Boeing 747-400s with the entire fleet to be phased out by the end of 2018.  To fill the void left by the Jumbo’s withdrawal, the US carrier has converted some of its

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PurePower for E-Jets

PRATT & WHITNEY has successfully completed the first test flight of its PW1990G PurePower Geared Turbofan for the Embraer 190-E2 and 195-E2 airliners.

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Virgin Galactic Goes Jumbo

VIRGIN GALACTIC unveiled the newest addition to its fleet, a Boeing 747-400, during a technical briefing for its LauncherOne small satellite launch service.  The aircraft, N744VG (c/n 32745), previously operated by Virgin Atlantic as ex G-VWOW, Cosmic Girl, will be

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