BOEING DELIVERS FINAL 747-200
BOEING DELIVERS FINAL 747-200 EVERETT, Wash., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing Commercial Airplane
Group marked the end of a 21-year production run today when it delivered the final 747-200, the company said.
This airplane -- a 747-200 Freighter -- was purchased by Nippon Cargo Air Lines, a sister company of Japan's All Nippon Airlines. This is the sixth 747-200 Freighter for Nippon Cargo, which began operations in 1985. Boeing's first 747-200 rolled out on Sept. 10, 1970. Since then, Boeing has delivered 393 of the giant jetliners to 58 customers on all six continents. The 747-200 was sold in six versions: 223 all- passenger models, 73 freighters, 78 combis (designed to carry a combination of passengers and cargo on the main deck), 13 convertibles that could be fully configured either as a passenger or a cargo jet, four U. S. Air Force electronics platforms and two VIP transports used by the president of the United States. The freighter, the only production wide-bodied all-cargo jet Boeing has built, entered service in 1972. It is estimated that, since then, the 747-200 Freighter fleet has flown 43.3 million tons of cargo (39.3 million metric tons) more than 1.2 billion miles (1.9 billion kilometers). The freighters were sold to 21 customers. With today's delivery, Boeing now produces only the new generation 747-400, the best-selling member of the 747 family with 424 airplanes ordered. It is available in four versions: passenger, combi, a short- range "Domestic" model and a freighter, which will make its debut in 1993. The new freighter will feature the 747-400s signature up-turned winglets, as well as advanced aerodynamics and avionics systems. The 747-400 Freighter is designed either to carry 40,000 pounds (18,000 kilograms) more payload over the same ranges, or fly 920 statute miles (1,480 kilometers) further than its predecessor while being operated by a two-person flight crew. Six customers have placed orders for 16 747-400 Freighters. Production begins late next year with rollout expected in February 1993 Altogether, Boeing has taken 1,148 orders for 747s of all types. Those include 205 of the 747-100 series, 45 747SPs and 81 of the 747-300 series. -0- 11/19/91 /CONTACT: Christopher Villiers of Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, 206-342-4772/ (BA) CO: Boeing Commercial Airplane Group; Nippon Cargo Air Lines ST: Washington IN: AIR SU: LM -- SE007 -- 5128 11/19/91 17:02 EST
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