Rarely does a single airplane type have as much of a following as the Boeing 747 – the original double-decker passenger jet first introduced in 1970.
Thus, there was some disappointment in the aviation world last week when reputable website airlineroute.net reported that United Airlines is planning to replace the 747 it now uses for flights from Los Angeles to Sydney with a Boeing 777. United has been flying a 747 on that route for as long as most people can remember, though the two-engine 777 is generally considered a more efficient airplane. It has considerably fewer seats.
There is some good news here, especially for passengers flying in economy class. United’s 747s still show only one movie at a time in coach. It 777s have personal video screens throughout, even in coach. The change is effective March 30, 2014, according to airlineroute.net
Sydney was United’s last regularly scheduled 747 flight from Los Angeles.