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For the 6th leg we will use the "Queen of the Sky" a.k.a. Jumbo Jet: the Boeing 747.
The sixth leg will start us in Germany at Berlin's airport Schönefeld EDDB and passing Germany and Austria into the Czech Republic to our destination LKPR Václav Havel Airport in Prague.



The Boeing 747, often referred to by its nickname Jumbo Jet or Queen of the Skies, is a wide-body commercial airliner and cargo transport aircraft manufactured by Boeing's Commercial Aircraft Unit in the United Sates. It is among the world's most recognizable aircraft and was the first wide-body produced. The original version of the 747 was two and a half times larger in capacity than the Boeing 707, one of the common large commercial aircraft of the 1960s. First flown commercially in 1970, the 747 held the passenger capacity record for 37 years until the introduction of the Airbus A380 in 2007.
The four-engine 747 uses a double deck configuration for part of its length. It is available in passenger, freighter and other versions. Boeing designed the 747's hump-like upper deck to serve as a first class lounge or extra seating, and to allow the aircraft to be easily converted to a cargo carrier by removing seats and installing a front cargo door. Boeing did so because the company expected supersonic airliners to render the 747 and other subsonic airliners obsolete, while the demand for subsonic cargo aircraft would be robust well into the future. The 747 was expected to become obsolete after 400 were sold, but it exceeded critics' expectations with production passing the 1,000 mark in 1993. By April 2014 1,487 aircraft had been built, with 51 of the 747-8 variants remaining on order
Probably the most famous 747 are SAM 28000 en SAM 29000 (VC-25A). These aircraft, serving the President of the U.S.A. are known all over the world as Air Force One.
KLM's fleet hosts 26 Boeings 747-400, passenger as well as full freighter 747-400 ERF models. KLM used to fly with 17 Boeings 747-200, ten of which had an extended upperdeck. Three new 747-300's are in back-order.
  wing span length cruising speed max. range max. passengers
 Boeing 747-400 64,44 mtr 70,67 mtr 920 km/hour 12.900 km 408


Václav Havel Airport Prague, formerly known as Prague Ruzyne International Airport is the international airport of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. It is located 10 kilometres west of the city centre and is with 11 million passengers in 2013 the busiest airport in the newer EU member states.
Prague-Ruzyne Airport began operations on April 1937. Due to insufficient capacity of the Prague military airport Kelby in the middle of the 1930s, the Government decided to develop a new State Civil Airport in Ruzyne. The technical conception of the central airport, and primarily the architecture of the check-in building (nowadays known as Terminal 4) are remarkable and won the airport a Gold Medal at the International Art and Technical Exhibition in Paris in 1937.
The airport has an excellent location both with respect to its short distance from the centre of Prague and within the European area. Moreover, the Ruzyne fields provide opportunities for further expansion of the airport according to the increasing capacity demand. As the capacity of the airport has been reaching its limit for the last couple of years (as of 2005), further development of the airport is being considered. The construction of new buildings and a new runway (marked RWY 06/24L, also called the BIS runway) was scheduled to begin in 2007, however, because of plenty of legal problems and protests of people who live close to the airport premises, the construction has not yet begun.
The airport contains two runways in service: 06/24 and 12/30. Former runway 04/22 is permanently closed for take-offs and landings and is used for taxiing and parking only.