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  • More from today's AIAA Newletter:

    British Airways To Retire Boeing 747

    Reuters (7/17) reports that British Airways (BA), “the world’s largest operator of Boeing 747, said late Thursday it would retire its entire jumbo jet fleet with immediate effect due to the downturn in travel industry caused by the coronavirus pandemic.” BA “added that it will operate more flights on modern, fuel-efficient aircraft such as its new A350s and 787s and expects such aircraft to help in achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.”

    The Daily Mail (UK) (7/16) reports BA “had originally planned to retire” the aircraft by 2024, but “plummeting passenger numbers have forced the airline to bring forward its plans.” A “leaked BA letter highlights the flagship plane as one which has ‘a very special place in the hearts of aviation enthusiasts and of many of us’ and insists the plan to retire the fleet early ‘has...
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    The Mars helicopter has flown in a chamber with Martian atmosphere and pressure. I assume they compensated for weight by off loading payload and other items (perhaps a smaller battery)....
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  • From AIAA Newsletter:

    Boeing To Retire 747 Jumbo Jet

    Reuters (7/2) reported that The Boeing Company “is pulling the plug on its 747 jumbo jet, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday.” The final aircraft is going to “roll out of a Seattle area factory in about two years, according to the Bloomberg report.” Major US airlines such as Delta have already retired the aircraft.

    CNBC (7/4) reported that a Boeing spokesperson said, “At a build rate of 0.5 airplanes per month, the 747-8 program has more than two years of production ahead of it in order to fulfill our current customer commitments. ... We will continue to make the right decisions to keep the production line healthy and meet customer needs.”...
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