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Travel Tip: U.S. Airlines Set to Retire Boeing 747

747-planeIt’s been called the Queen of the Skies ever since it first rolled off the assembly line in 1969.

It’s the iconic, first real jumbo jet—the Boeing 747.

Now, after nearly five decades in the air, the 747 may be flying off into the sunset.

Both United and Delta have announced that they are retiring the plane in the next 18 months.

That means the era of the four-engine massive wide body passenger jet may be coming to an end.

The world has had a love affair with the 747—with its distinctive upper deck cockpit and twin aisles.

More than 1,500 have been built by Boeing, and while the plane will continue to fly for other airlines outside the United States, every new lane model now being built or designed is powered by only two engines.

So if you want to fly a 747, at least in this country, you might want to hurry.

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