A cloudy Paine Field yesterday, taken from the Future of Flight strato deck.

A cloudy Paine Field yesterday, taken from the Future of Flight strato deck.

Yesterday I was over at Paine Field and noticed there are now two Korean Air Boeing 747-8’s and they look beautiful sitting next to another unpainted 747-8 on one side and Cargolux 747-8 on the other. You can also see those three Eva Air Boeing 777-300ER’s I was just talking about…they are still sitting, waiting to go. Of course, you can’t forget the two Boeing 787’s, one in ANA livery and the other in Royal Air Maroc livery. It never gets old visiting Paine Field.

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2 Comments
mawestpac

Past ten years, twin engine, B777, A300, etc is standard operation for international airlines. At same time, size of first and business class seats take up more space than before, in result total capacity is reduced. I always wondering how long will it take to pay off each of those airplane. Not to mention leasing contract, it will take more thsn when first B747 was introduced in 1969.
I have strong opinion toward to B787-8 is money save taking advantage of much bigger capacity and new type of engine as to compare B787 in very little capacity.
I grew up with B747 when I joined aviation industry as well as with DC8 DC10 and MD11.
Personally, I feel comfortable with 4 engines flying over ocean than twin engine, even though it is certified ETOPS.
Looking for more airlines operate with “Queen of the Sky” B747-8 near future.

mawestpac

Past ten years, twin engine, B777, A300, etc is standard operation for international airlines. At same time, size of first and business class seats take up more space than before, in result total capacity is reduced. I always wondering how long will it take to pay off each of those airplane. Not to mention leasing contract, it will take more thsn when first B747 was introduced in 1969.
I have strong opinion toward to B787-8 is money save taking advantage of much bigger capacity and new type of engine as to compare B787 in very little capacity.
I grew up with B747 when I joined aviation industry as well as with DC8 DC10 and MD11.
Personally, I feel comfortable with 4 engines flying over ocean than twin engine, even though it is certified ETOPS.
Looking for more airlines operate with Queen of the Sky B747-8 near future.

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