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Boeing’s last 747 to roll out of Washington state factory

Boeing is set to roll out its final 747 from a Washington state factory on Tuesday, The 747 earned the title “Queen of the Skies” by flying more opulently. The first 747 was produced in less than 16 months by more than 50,000 Boeing workers.

Boeing is set to roll out its final 747 from a Washington state factory on Tuesday, after more than a half-century of production.

The jumbo jet made its debut in 1969 and has since served in a variety of capacities, including cargo planes, commercial aircraft, and the Air Force One presidential aircraft. It still towers over the majority of other airplanes because it was the largest commercial aircraft in the world and the first with two aisles.

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The design of the 747 incorporated a second deck that extended from the cockpit back over the first third of the aircraft, giving it a prominent hump that gave the plane its nickname, the Whale. The 747 earned the title “Queen of the Skies” by flying more opulently. The first 747 was produced in less than 16 months by more than 50,000 Boeing workers. Since then, the business has finished 1,573 more projects.

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However, over the past 15 years or more, Boeing and its European rival Airbus released new widebody planes with two engines instead of the 747’s four. They were more fuel-efficient and profitable. Although some other foreign airlines, such the Lufthansa, still operate it, Delta was the last to use the 747 for passenger flights, which terminated in 2017.

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The cargo company Atlas Air, who placed a four-ordered 747-8 freighter early this year, is the last customer. The final was scheduled to leave Boeing’s enormous factory in Everett, Washington, on Tuesday night. With its relocation to the Washington, D.C., region, executives of Boeing are now closer to important federal government figures and the Federal Aviation Administration, which approves Boeing passenger and freight aircraft.

Since the deadly 737 Max crashes in 2018 and 2019, Boeing’s relationship with the FAA has been strained. Far longer than Boeing anticipated, it took the FAA over two years to approve design revisions and let the plane take flight again.

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Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air has introduced its latest business class offering, the Prestige Suites 2.0, set to make its debut aboard the airline’s new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner fleet.

This new product marks a significant upgrade from the previous Collins Apex forward-facing staggered seats, known as Prestige Suites. The Prestige Suites 2.0 is designed in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration, ensuring each passenger direct aisle access and ample privacy.

The seats offer 46 inches of pitch, 21 inches of width, and can be transformed into a flat bed measuring between 78.2 and 79.2 inches. A standout feature of these seats is the inclusion of privacy doors that stand 52 inches high, offering a more secluded experience even when positioned closer to the aisle.

Tech-savvy travelers will appreciate the suite’s cutting-edge features, which include a 23.8-inch ultra-high-definition entertainment monitor, 60W USB-C charging, AC power outlets, and wireless charging capabilities.

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Moreover, Korean Air’s Boeing 787-10s will be the first in the fleet to offer Wi-Fi, enhancing connectivity for passengers. The new business class seats come with a range of amenities aimed at maximizing comfort and convenience. These include a storage cubby, a handheld remote, USB-C charging ports, and universal outlets.

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The wireless charging pad is a notable highlight, reflecting the suite’s advanced technological integration. The layout of the Prestige Suites 2.0 comprises 10 rows of seats in a 1-2-1 arrangement, specifically rows 7-16 in the business class cabin. The cabin is flanked by lavatories and galleys at both the front and the rear, ensuring easy access for all passengers.

A striking departure from Korean Air’s traditional design, the new seats feature a bold brown color palette. This is a significant change from the airline’s iconic Morning Calm blue and bright white interiors.

The new design incorporates semi-matte deep brown side consoles with metallic tops, brushed coppery-almond cabinet doors, and textured tan interior shrouds, giving the cabin a modern and sophisticated look.

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