Photo: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, 1997.
A 747-400 Docking at the Chek Lap Kok Airport (Hong Kong)
Up to 2008 with the introduction of the Airbus A380, the 747-400 was the largest commercial airplane available with a carrying capacity of about 426 passengers. It is notably used over intercontinental distances since it has a range of more than 11,000 km. Between 1970 and 1999, 747s have transported more than 2.2 billion people. The 747 pictured above at the Chek Lap Kok Airport of Hong Kong (on the week it opened in 1997) belonged to Canadian Airlines, which was acquired by Air Canada in 2000.