Jumbo Jets: New Travel Era

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Advent of Jumbo Jet Air Transports

Approach of B-747's First Commercial Flight

Advent of the B-747, the Boeing Co.'s new “jumbo jet” air transport, will mark the beginning of a new era in air travel. The mammoth plane, fitted out to carry 362 passengers in a roomy seating plan, is scheduled to take off Dec. 15 on its first commercial flight, New York-London-Frankfurt, bearing the insignia of Pan American World Airways.1 A B-747, the fourth off the assembly line, has already made an Atlantic crossing. It was exhibited at this year's Paris International Air Show, May 30–June 8, where, together with the Anglo-French supersonic Concorde, it was a major attraction. More momentous will be the B-747's maiden flight in service; the social and economic consequences of ...

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