Sometimes, milestones are just a number. But for all of us at Boeing—and for aviation fans around the world—this milestone is extra special.
The 1,500th 747 has now been delivered. The airplane, a 747-8 Intercontinental, will join 13 others already in Lufthansa’s fleet.
The 1,500th 747, a 747-8 Intercontinental for Lufthansa.
A special logo for a special airplane.
One of the most iconic and beloved airplanes ever built didn’t reach the 1,500 mark (the first ever widebody airplane to reach this milestone) by chance. The all-new 747-8 has built on the tradition and taken it to a new level. Since the airplane went into service in 2011, we’ve continued to invest in it to make it even better. A recent performance improvement package is just part of our commitment to continually improve the 747-8 for our customers.
Cutting the ribbon to celebrate the 1500th delivery.
The 1,500th 747 during one of its test flights.
While we look toward the future with upcoming deliveries to new customers, we also salute the men and women of Boeing who dared to dream big. Joe Sutter and his team of Incredibles launched the jumbo age and did us all proud in the process.
Cheers to the 747’s past, present and future. Enjoy the photo gallery below that shows how we got to 1,500.
The very first 747 rolls out of the Everett factory in 1968.
The 500th 747 for Scandinavian in 1981.
The 747th 747 for Lufthansa in 1989.
The 1,000th 747 for Singapore Airlines in 1993.
Joe Sutter, the father of the 747, poses next to Lufthansa’s first 747-8 Intercontinental in 2012.