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  1. Lee Ann Ho
    Lee Ann Ho at |

    Very nice write up, as usual.

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  2. Alan Dickey
    Alan Dickey at |

    Very sad.

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    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      I’m really of two minds on this. Yes, I am sad the iconic airframe is on the way out. That bump up front is something special.

      At the same time, more point-to-point flying and newer technologies make for a better passenger experience. The newer planes are quieter, more efficient and less expensive to operate.

      There is no doubt that the 747 revolutionized the air travel industry. But it is time for the next generation of revolutions to occur. I truly believe this is a good end of an era, other than that iconic silhouette.

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    2. Alan Dickey
      Alan Dickey at |

      What do think the next revolution will bring?

      With the amount of spend involved, I see the current plane manufacturers being very cautious with design and end up designing appliances that fly.

      And with the high cost of entry, I don’t see any disruptors on the horizon.

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    3. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      Indeed, new entrants are incredibly rare. Especially for larger aircraft types. Just look at the troubles Bombardier – relatively well established – is having with its larger type. To say nothing of the mess greeting Mitsubishi as it tries to break in to the 70-100 seat market. COMAC is going to be slightly more successful thanks to the home country access/mandate that will eventually come.

      That said, current designs are mostly very cautious. I’m mostly okay with that. New engines and lighter air frames may not be as sexy but they significantly alter the economics of air travel. And those economic shifts are what the revolutions are built on. Building an operating structure where more people can travel more is major shift.

      Plus, there are some dreamers, like Boom Aero (https://blog.wandr.me/2017/06/boom-supersonic/), though I think their vision of the commercial market is flawed.

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    4. Brad Mixner
      Brad Mixner at |

      Seth Miller well stated Seth.

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  3. Robert
    Robert at |

    Saturday morning there was a DL 747 at DFW, chartered by the military. I was hanging around the boarding area in the next gate, delaying my boarding and chatting with the gate agents, one agent invited me into an office with a full view of the plane, the employees were all in heaven in that office since a DL 747 is very unique there. It’s a beautiful plane, great pictures that morning!

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  4. Zachary Codd
    Zachary Codd at |

    Looks like a blast great photos!

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  5. Mark
    Mark at |

    Why is it sad?

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  6. Tom Mayer
    Tom Mayer at |

    This also made the front page in the paper here in HNL.

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  7. Andor Czobor
    Andor Czobor at |

    It was nice to meet you in person yesterday @ SFO

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  8. Patrick Le Quere
    Patrick Le Quere at |

    Great write up! Looks like it was a ton of fun.

    Thanks for calling out the empty seats… I couldn’t make the trip myself, but seeing pictures of all these empty seats when I know so many people who would have loved to attend was disturbing. I was also expecting business class to be sold out; apparently there were a bunch of upgrades in the end. (Congrats to the lucky recipients!)

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    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      They weren’t real upgrades for the most part. Most of those listed (all, I think) were the invited media like me.

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  9. Chris Sloan
    Chris Sloan at |

    This is a relatively young ship. She could see a second life as a freighter. One can hope and dream.

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  10. Shawn Pandolfi
    Shawn Pandolfi at |

    Looks like it was a great farewell party. Sorry I missed it. Any idea on why there were so many open seats? I kept checking every so often to purchase a ticket but one was never available when I searched.

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  11. baccarat_guy
    baccarat_guy at |

    Excellent review of the experience. Really enjoyed it!

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