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747 – The Long Goodbye Continues

Published: 05/12/2017 - Filed under: Home » News »

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Delta Airlines is retiring their iconic 747 fleet and has announced the last regularly scheduled passenger flights will operate from Detroit to Seoul on December 15 and return from Seoul to Detroit on December 17. This is the final time passengers can book passage on a Delta 747.

747 – The Long Goodbye Continues…

Once it arrives back in the United States, the 747 will begin a “Farewell Tour” created exclusively for Delta employees. Sales of these tickets will support the “Airloom project” – the Experience the 747 Exhibit at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta. Beginning on December 18 this “Queen of the Skies” will fly from Detroit to Paine Field in Everett, Washington, where employees will enjoy a two-hour tour of the Boeing factory – the aircraft’s birthplace. The flight will continue to SeaTac International Airport. On December 19 it continues back to Atlanta - home of Delta Airlines. On the morning of December 20, it flies to Minneapolis-St. Paul and returns that evening.

At each stop a special “Hangar Party” will take place to honor the 747 and its years of service to Delta. These celebrations will include a tour of the 747 aircraft, dancing, light refreshments and a chance to purchase “Farewell Tour” memorabilia. These events are open only to employees and contractors. However, a select group of Delta SkyMiles auction winners will be joining various legs of the cross country tour. The recently ended auction saw bids as high as 920,000 Delta SkyMiles for two seats aboard one leg of these commemorative flights and tickets to the hangar party.

Another 747 will make an appearance at LAX on December 20 to give employees there a chance to tour the aircraft. Delta will continue to operate the 747 through the end of this year with charter flights – and then retire the aircraft completely the first week of the 2018.

More details in a future edition of Business Traveler Magazine!

Everen T. Brown 

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