Boeing 747-200

While the -100 powered by Pratt & Whitney JT9D-3A engines that offer enough power and scope of U.S. domestic operations, which was marginal for many sectors of international routes. The demand for longer-range aircraft with higher load carrying capacity quickly led to the improvement of -200, which had more powerful engines, increased maximum takeoff weight and a longer range than the -100. A first-200 retains the configuration of three windows -100 in the upper floor, but most were built with a ten window configuration on each side. [123] -200 occurred in passengers (-200B), cargo (-200F), convertible (-200C), and the combination (-200m) versions. [124]
The 747-200B was the basic passenger version, with increased fuel capacity and more powerful engines, it entered service in February 1971 [74] In its first three years of production, the -200 was equipped with Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7 engines. (Originally the only engine available). Range with a full load of passengers began over 5,000 nm (9,300 km) and increased to 6,000 nm (11,000 km), with later engines. Most-200Bs had a stretched upper lining, allowing up to 16 passenger seats. [125] The load model, the 747-200F, can be fitted with or without a side cargo door, [74] and had a capacity of 105 tons (95.3 tonnes) and 833,000 lbs MTOW up ( 378,000 kg). It entered service with Lufthansa in 1972. [126] The convertible version, the 747-200C, can be converted between a passenger and a cargo or used in mixed configurations, [71] and was removable seats and a nose door loading. [74] The 200C-could also be equipped with an optional load side door on the main deck. [127]
The mixed model, the 747-200M could carry the load in the back of the main deck through a side cargo door. A demountable partition on the main deck, separate cargo area at the rear passenger in the front. The 200M-could carry up to 238 passengers in a three-class configuration, with the cargo on the main deck. The model was also known as the Combi 747-200. [74] and in the -100, a stretched upper deck (SUD) modification was offered later. A total of 10 were converted 747-200 operated by KLM. [74] Aériens Transport Union (UTA) also had two of these aircraft converted.

Air France 747-200M Landing
After releasing the -200, with Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7 engines, August 1, 1972 Boeing announced it had reached an agreement with General Electric to certify the 747 with CF6-50 series engines to increase the potential the aircraft on the market. Rolls-Royce 747 engine production followed a launch order from British Airways for four aircraft. The choice of the RB211-524B was announced on June 17, 1975. [116] -200 was the first 747 to provide an engine choice of three major engine manufacturers. [130]
A total of 393, 747-200 versions had been built when production ended in 1991. [131] Of these, 225 were 200, 73 were-200F, 13 were-200C, 78-200M, and 4 were military. [132] Many 747-200 remain in operation, although most large companies have withdrawn their fleets and sold them to smaller operators. Large companies have accelerated the retirement of the fleet after the September 11 attacks and the subsequent drop in demand for air travel, scrapping some or turning others into freighters.

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