Agree, beats the old Boeing tractor hands down.I feel for Airbus as they put pen to paper in the 80's! At that tme is looked like a viable concept to compete with Boeings now 20+ year design, the B747 so it was full steam ahead but by the time it hit the airways in early 2000's the business of flying was starting to change, bigger wasn't the "in" word not long after the Dugong really got its foot in the long haul market.The 747 was a magnificent aircraft in it's day. I first flew on one in 1973. Now though it is getting beyond its use by date despite continuous upgrades. I think the A380 beats it hands down for comfort and quietness. Airbus just misread the changes in the market. It is just too big for most markets so was hard to fill up.
Oh wow. Thanks for posting this onetrack. Now I know.Here you go, RJLVFR ... the last landing of an SAA 747 at Rand Airport, to become just a public display.