Time To Bring Back Looking Glass Mission, Congressman Argues

By Brian Everstine Jun 01, 2023
The U.S. Air Force should return to its Cold War-era practice of flying a nuclear command post 24/7, a key lawmaker argues. 
Budget, Policy & Operations

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport Begins Building Kuehne+Nagel Cargo Facility

By Aaron Karp May 31, 2023
Alabama’s Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport has broken ground on a new $27 million cargo facility to be used by logistics company Kuehne+Nagel.
Airports & Networks

First Take, April 24, 2023

By Graham Warwick Apr 21, 2023
Our roundup of the main aerospace and defense stories making the news this week.
Aircraft & Propulsion

USAF Hiking Spending On VC-25A Upgrades Amid VC-25B Delays

By Brian Everstine Apr 12, 2023
The U.S. Air Force is moving funding around and requesting more in fiscal 2024 to upgrade the two existing Boeing VC-25As that fly the Air Force One mission.
Budget, Policy & Operations

Why The Boeing 747 Stands Alone In Commercial Air Transport

By Chris Sloan Mar 20, 2023
The Boeing 747 became the air transport vehicle of choice for the elite, everyman and boxes.
Interiors & Connectivity

Podcast: The Incredible, Iconic Boeing 747

By Karen Walker Feb 03, 2023
Aviation Week editors talk about being at the delivery ceremony of the last Boeing 747 and why it is such an important aircraft.
Air Transport

End Of An Era As Boeing Delivers Final 747 To Atlas Air

By Guy Norris Jan 31, 2023
Boeing marked the completion of the 56-year long 747 program with the formal handover of the final 747-8F to Atlas Air on Jan. 31 at an event in Everett, Wash.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Daily Memo: Resilient 747 To Live On In Large Numbers

By Guy Norris Jan 30, 2023
The program’s termination comes after years of dwindling sales, the development of the twin-engined 777X, and the pandemic, which took a toll on widebodies.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Podcast: End Of The Line For Boeing’s 747

Jan 26, 2023
Listen in as Aviation Week editors reflect on the 747's beginning and its legacy. 
Check 6

From Safety To Simulation—The Boeing 747’s Lasting Impacts

By Guy Norris Jan 26, 2023
As the last Boeing 747-8 leaves its birthplace, Aviation Week looks at how design features of the first widebody have shaped and influenced the industry.
Aircraft & Propulsion

How Boeing’s 747 Revolutionized Air Travel

By Jens Flottau Jan 26, 2023
No other aircraft has been as important for trade and intercontinental travel as the Boeing 747. When Airbus finally launched a competitor, it was too late.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Three-Year Journey Ahead Before Final 747 Delivery To U.S. Air Force

By Steve Trimble Jan 25, 2023
The last undelivered 747-8Is are being converted into presidential aircraft for the USAF under a nearly $7 billion development project, including cost overruns.
Aircraft & Propulsion

U.S. EXIM Bank Helps To Support Last 747 Deliveries

By Lori Ranson Oct 13, 2022
The U.S. Export-Import Bank has committed to guarantee a $304 million loan from JP Morgan to cargo operator Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings to finance aircraft exports. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Final Wings Mark Start Of Boeing's 747-8 Production Wind Down

By Guy Norris May 27, 2022
Boeing has staged the left wing for the last 747-8F freighter onto the production line at Everett, Washington, marking the build-up for the aircraft’s final assembly process and close out of the historic 747 line later in 2022.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Atlas Air Orders Four More 777Fs To Help Meet Growing Cargo Demand

By Ben Goldstein Jan 06, 2022
The first delivery is scheduled for November 2022, with additional handovers expected through 2023. 
Airlines & Lessors

Boeing Working To Correct 747 Flight Computer Reset Issue

By Sean Broderick Oct 23, 2020
Boeing is working on updating 747 flight computer software to eliminate an issue introduced in the software’s most recent version that causes both of the aircraft’s computers to reset in-flight.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Suppliers Prepped For Boeing 747-8 Production End

By Guy Norris Jul 03, 2020
Boeing declines to confirm reports that it is preparing to end the five-decade long production run of the 747, but Aviation Week understands key…
Aircraft & Propulsion