The Boeing 747 program was effectively launched by Pan American World Airways in 1966 with half as many firm orders as the Airbus Industrie A380 now has, but competing airlines soon responded with additional orders. Boeing officials said the 747-100 was launched with a $525-million order for 25 aircraft from Pan American, but competing airlines boosted the total order value to $1.8 billion within five months of the program go-ahead in April 1966. Following that surge, there was a ...

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