Boeing 747-400
Boeing 747-400

Boeing 747-400. A photo. Video. Interior layout. Characteristics. Reviews.



The four-engine Boeing 747-400 is a wide-body, long-haul, passenger aircraft built on a double-deck scheme by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. This airliner, although designed on the basis of previous models of this family, is structurally a new aircraft. The new airliner has become much more spacious than the previous versions of the Boeing 747 family aircraft. Thanks to the new engines, the noise level of the serial Boeing 747-400 is half that of 747-300And fuel efficiency has increased by 25 percent.

Boeing 747-400 photo

Boeing 747-400 plane

In the early 1984, the company «Boeing Commercial Airplanes», beginning work on a new plane, due to the fact that modification 747-300, did not raise sales, as the company wanted. And to all the added problem of development of competing aircraft, such as the McDonnell Douglas MD-11, Airbus A330 и Airbus A340, which in the future could take a part of the market from the Boeing company. And in September of the same year, at the Farnborough Air Show, the creation of a new airliner, the Boeing 747 Advanced Series 300, was announced. Officially, the program was launched on October 22, 1985. The first customer for the new airliner was Northwest Airlines, an American airline, whose initial order was for 10 aircraft. Later, the list of major customers was expanded by such airlines as “Cathay Pacific","Japan Airlines","Singapore Airlines","British Airways","United Airlines", French"Air France"And the German"Lufthansa". Major customers also acted as consultants in the design of the new airliner. After the approval of the project, the aircraft received the designation Boeing 747-400.

On the new aircraft, the wings were lengthened, the span of which was now 64,44 meters, which is 4,8 meters more than the 747-300. Now the wings of the Boeing 747-400 are equipped with wingtips, the so-called winglets. During the construction of the aircraft wing, composite materials were used, this positively affected the weight of the structure. To increase the flight range, an additional fuel tank was installed on the aircraft.

The power plant of the Boeing 747-400 was based on the new economical Pratt & Whitney PW-4056 turbojet engines with a thrust of 252,4 kN. Subsequent models also used General Electric CF6-80-C2B1Fs, CF6-80-C2B1F1s engines and RollsRoyce RB-211-524G engines with a thrust of 258,0 kN.

On Boeing 747-400, it installed a new digital avionics, consisting of six multi-function display and the new avionics. This solution has reduced the crew to two.

The upper deck was also extended, now it has become two times longer than the original version of a family of airliners Boeing 747.

Boeing 747-400, in three classes, which can accommodate 416 passenger seats. The interior configuration of economy and business, can accommodate 524 passengers. A maximum, economy class, passenger capacity is 660 people.

Final assembly of the aircraft was carried out at the company «Boeing», located in the city of Everett. January 26 1988, when the plane rolled off the assembly hangar, the company had more than 100 orders for this aircraft.

On April 29, 1988, a Boeing 747-400 took off. The first test flight lasted over two hours. The tests involved four Boeing 747-400 aircraft, with different engines. And on January 10, 1989, the airliner received its first FAA flight certificate. On January 26 of the same year, the Boeing 747-400 was handed over to the first customer, Northwest Airlines. The first flight on this aircraft was made in the direction "Minneapolis - Phoenix", February 9, 1989.


Boeing 747-400 photo salon

747 400 Salon

Further work on the Boeing 747-400 led to the creation of such modifications as:

  • - Boeing 747-400 F, the cargo version of the plane, which first flew in May 4 1993 years. This version is equipped with a nose cone rising up, allows access to the cargo bay.

  • - Boeing 747-400 M Combi, combination, cargo-passenger version of the aircraft. The first flight was made on it in June 30 1989 years. This version is equipped with a cargo door at the rear of the fuselage.

  • - Boeing 747-400 ER, extended-range airliner flight. The aircraft was put into operation in October 31 2002 years.

  • - Boeing 747-400 D, a version specially designed for Japanese airlines for regional and local routes. The first flight of this version took place on March 18, 1991.

  • - Boeing 747-400 ERF, air cargo version with extended range. The first aircraft of this version was passed in October 17 2002, the French airline «Air France».

In addition to civilian and cargo options, aircraft based on the Boeing 747-400 were also produced for military needs.

Boeing 747-400, became the best-selling aircraft of all family «747». During its production of 1988 2009 year 694 units were produced this version of an airliner. Of these, the basic passenger version 747-400, produced and delivered 442 aircraft.


Boeing 747-400 interior scheme

Boeing 747-400 interior scheme


The best seats on the Boeing 747-400 - Transaero


Boeing 747-400 aircraft specifications:


  • The first flight of Boeing 747-400: 29 April 1988 years.

  • Production Years: c 1988 2009 year on year

  • Length: 70,67 m.

  • Height: 19,41 m.

  • Wingspan: 64,44 m.

  • The width of the passenger compartment: 6,1 m.

  • Empty weight: 180985 kg.

  • Maximum takeoff weight: 362875 kg.

  • Wing area: 541,2 sq.m.

  • Cruising speed: 907 km / h..

  • Maximum speed: 939 km / h..

  • Ceiling: 13750 m.

  • Range: 13430 km.

  • Engines: 4 x Pratt & Whitney turbojet engines PW-4056 (252,4 kN), PW-4060s (266,9 kN), PW-4062s (275,8 kN), General Electric CF6-80-C2B1Fs (252,4 kN) ), CF6-80-C2B1F1s (273,6 kN), Rolls-Royce RB-211-524G (258,0 kN).

  • Crew: 2 people

  • Number of seats: 660 seats in economy class


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Boeing 747-400. Video.



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