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Boeing 747-400

Boeing 747-400.

The Boeing 747-400 is a wide body, four-engine jet manufactured by Boeing, the American aerospace company. Its distinctive upper deck shape has earned it the nickname “Jumbo Jet”. BA is the world’s largest operator of the Boeing 747. The 747-400 is a proven performer with high reliability and incorporates major aerodynamic improvements over earlier 747 models, including the addition of winglets to reduce drag, new avionics, and a new flight deck.

The 747 fits into today's infrastructure, serving more than 210 airports around the world and is also the world's fastest commercial jetliner. The 747-400's most noticeable aerodynamic improvement over previous 747s is the 6-foot (1.8-m) longer wing with a 6-foot-high winglet angled upward and slightly outward. This change reduces fuel burn and extends the aircraft's range.

The winglet provides the effect of having an even greater wingspan without outgrowing the standard airport slot. The wingtip extension and winglet offer a fuel mileage improvement of about 3 percent, which during the life span of an airplane amounts to considerable savings.

Customer benefits include:

  • Choice of First, Club World, World Traveller Plus and World Traveller
  • Personal audio and video systems for all seats
  • Spacious cabins

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Photo gallery

  • Boeing 747-400 approaching UK shores at dawn.
  • Boeing 747-400 performing a steep climb in clear blue skies.
  • Boeing 747-400 flying above cloudy skies.

Technical information

Boeing 747-400
Number in fleet 57
Passenger capacity up to 345 (4 class)
Length 70.9m (231 feet 10 inches)
Wingspan 64.4m (211 feet 5 inches)
Height 19.4m (68 feet 8 inches)
Engines 4× Rolls Royce RB211-524H
Maximum speed 988km/h (614mph, Mach 0.92)
Range 13,450km (8,357 miles)

Seating plans

These are the different seating layouts for the Boeing 747-400:

Did you know?

  • The world’s 747 fleet has flown 3.5 billion people - the equivalent of half of the world's population.
  • British Airways is the world's largest operator of the Boeing 747-400.
  • A 747-400 typically takes off at 290km/h (180mph), cruises at 910km/h (565mph) and lands at 260km/h (160mph).

Where does the Boeing 747-400 fly?

The aircraft operates on a variety of routes, including:

Please note: the aircraft may vary for operational reasons.