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When asked what is his favourite building of the Century, architect Sir Norman Foster offered the 747 the Jumbo has since carried 2.2 billion people: 40% of the world's population.

But the 747 has almost seen its day with the advent of more fuel-efficient and larger aviation workhorses such as the A380 and leaner, meaner machines in an era when operators need to save air-Dollars. Ten-year-old passenger 747-400s are worth a record low $36 million, about 10 percent less than...
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