The formidable Boeing 747 remains a world-class player in the airline industry 44 years after it entered service in Pan American World Airways livery. The 1,500th 747 was delivered late last month to Lufthansa; it was the 75th model for the carrier that helped launch the type in the late 1960s. No other widebody has reached this production milestone, an achievement that deserves more media attention at a time when small and medium-size airliners seem to be on the ascent.  It is unusual ...


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