United 747 Flies Final Passenger Flight

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Boeing’s 747, the iconic humped two-decker jet, flew its last flight for United Airlines on Tuesday. The four-engine widebody has lost ground to more-efficient modern aircraft. A United Airlines crew flew the final trip, from San Francisco to Honolulu, tracing the same route as the first United 747 flight in 1970. “From a 1970s-inspired menu to retro uniforms for flight attendants to inflight entertainment befitting of that first flight, passengers will help send the Queen of the Skies off in true style,” United said in a news release. The 747 will remain in Honolulu, United said, and passengers on the final flight were booked to go home on a different airplane. 

British Airways, Korean Air and a few other international airlines still fly the jets on passenger trips. Boeing will continue to produce the 747-8F, exclusively for freight operators. The freighter can carry up to 224,900 pounds, with a range of 4,120 NM, and the ability to open up the whole nose of the airplane is a key feature when loading large items.

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Although Delta is no longer flying the 747 on domestic routes, they are still operating them on international routes from Detroit.

Posted by: Jonathan Cullifer | November 8, 2017 12:04 PM    Report this comment

I remember Walter Cronkite showing us the first flight of the 747. Some said it was too big to fly but it did and ever so beautifully. It was 1996 before I ever even saw my first but I knew exactly what it was the moment I saw her. She is just as elegant and beautiful now as then. I never flew on one and probably never will but she is a work of art as well as a working aircraft. She will be missed.

Posted by: Stan Still | November 9, 2017 4:36 PM    Report this comment

Wow, 47+ years! That is a long time for one design.

I have very fond memories of flights in the 747. First flight to Europe made possible by the economy of the 747. First flight into the old Hong Kong airport in the very front of the nose of a 747. The curved nose allowed me to look straight forward, first at the mountain side and then at the runway after a low 90 degree turn to final. And the the very back row on a flight on a last moment trip to HK but this time via Seoul. My girlfriend got her visa (for China) in the morning, we bought tickets that afternoon at the airport ticket counter and boarded the 747 twenty minutes later. There was turbulence the whole flight and the tail was a wagging. But the food was great on Korean Air. Those are great memories all made possible by the 747.

Of course the 737 is even older. I am sure it is more useful and I have flown many more times on one but it really does not bring up memories like the 747.

Posted by: M Kettering | November 12, 2017 5:32 PM    Report this comment

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