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Boeing Quietly Pulls Plug on the 747, Closing Era of Jumbo Jets

  • End of 50-year run is said written between lines of financials
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A mock-up of a Boeing 747 cabin in 1966
A mock-up of a Boeing 747 cabin in 1966Source: AFP via Getty Images

Boeing Co. hasn’t told employees, but the company is pulling the plug on its hulking 747 jumbo jet, ending a half-century run for the twin-aisle pioneer.

The last 747-8 will roll out of a Seattle-area factory in about two years, a decision that hasn’t been reported but can be teased out from subtle wording changes in financial statements, people familiar with the matter said.