- Korean Air was the last airline to receive a Boeing 747 passenger jet, specifically the -8i variant.
- Its jumbo is fit with first, business, and economy class, with the upper-level hosting a private experience.
- The legendary 747 was a game-changer in the aviation industry by making flying more affordable.
The American-made Boeing 747 was one of the most significant innovations in aviation history.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s, demand for air travel was booming and airline executives quickly realized the need for bigger aircraft.
Pan American Airways CEO Juan Trippe teamed up with Boeing in 1965 when he requested it build a plane larger than the Boeing 707.
The result was the world’s first widebody aircraft, which stood twice the size of the 707. Pan Am’s 747 aircraft could carry a whopping 347 people, effectively lowering overall fares and making air travel finally available to more than just the high-dollar few.
The 747 program eventually ended 53 years later in January 2023 with the delivery of the last-ever 747-8F to cargo giant Atlas Air. The passenger program ended a few years earlier, however, with the final 747-8i going to Korean Air in 2017.
While the Queen of the Skies lost favor with the rise of more efficient twin-engine widebodies, Korean Air — as well as a handful of other carriers — are still flying the beloved jumbo.
Take a look inside Korean’s 747-8i, and see how it compares to the early days of flying.