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Plans for Delta 747 Retirement Announced

by Matt Falcus
N661US Delta 747

N661US Delta 747

The next airline in line to retire its Boeing 747 jumbo jet fleet is Delta, having first announced its plans back in 2014.

Like United Airlines did last month, the final Delta 747 flight details are being planned out in detail so that passengers, employees and enthusiasts can say their goodbyes. This will include farewell flights to Delta’s hubs for employees and former employees.


Final Delta 747 Scheduled Flight

The final scheduled service by a Delta 747 will take place on 15 December 2017. This will be DL159 from Detroit to Seoul Incheon, returning the following day as DL158.


Farewell Flights

Next, the 747 will fly a series of employee farewell flights on 18, 19 and 20 December, routing Detroit-Seattle, Seattle-Atlanta, and Atlanta-Minneapolis St Paul. You can bid to be on these flights through Skymiles Experiences through this link.



Following a series of ad-hoc sports charters during December, the Delta Boeing 747 will be flown to storage in Arizona in early January 2018, thus ending jumbo service with the airline.


Delta will be celebrating the iconic and revolutionary 747 throughout December in all of its channels and encourages customers, enthusiasts and employees to share their own tributes and remembrances using the #DL747Farewell hashtag.



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