End of the line for 747?

Date:         11 Mar 99 03:54:06 
From:         dbromage@fang.omni.com.au (David Bromage)
Organization: Another Optus Customer
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Reposted FYI. Any comments?

[ Article crossposted from misc.transport.air-industry ]
[ Author was EMTGX ]
[ Posted on Wed, 03 Mar 1999 03:41:27 GMT ]

I read in this week's ECONOMIST that production of the 747 is likely to stop
when the engine for the extended range 777 is developped, and that the 747 is
much more costly to operate than the 777. I thought that, for all practical
purposes, the 747-400 was a new plane. Is it that uneconomical? Also, beside
shear range, aren't there routes that will not be practical for a twin because
of etops restrictions?

General Tso