United sells 747-400 for satellite application

Source: Flightglobal.com
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United Airlines has closed the sale of a 1997-vintage Boeing 747-400 (MSN 28715) aircraft, equipped with PW4056 engines, to Scaled Composites.

The 747-400 will be used to build the world's largest aircraft to serve as a mobile platform for low-cost satellite launches.

The transaction was arranged by remarketing agent, Bristol Associates.

The project was conceived by aerospace designer Burt Rutan and it is funded by a closely held venture of Microsoft founder, Paul Allen.

According to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database, United operates 27 747-400s. The eldest vintage is 1989 while the youngest aircraft were built in 2000.