A week after United Airlines retired the last of its Boeing 747s, Delta Air Lines, the last US operator of the passenger version, has released the details of a farewell tour for its remaining ‘Jumbo jets’.
Delta first announced the type’s retirement in 2014 and now the last scheduled 747 flights will take place in December. The airline’s very last international services will be flight DL159 which leaves Detroit for Seoul Incheon on December 15 and returns as DL158 on December 17. These services will subsequently be operated by Delta’s new Airbus A350s.
Here is a summary of the final scheduled flights of the Delta 747:
Final US departure: Flight 159 at Detroit to Seoul-Incheon at 12:31 pm on December 15.
Final Asia Pacific arrival: Flight 159 at Seoul-Incheon from Detroit at 4:30 pm on December 16.
Final Asia Pacific departure: Flight 158 at Seoul-Incheon to Detroit at 11:15 am on December 17.
Final US arrival: Flight 158 at Detroit from Seoul-Incheon at 10:14 am on December 17.
Delta will take the 747 on an employee farewell tour from Detroit to Seattle on December 18; Seattle to Atlanta on December 19 and Atlanta to Minneapolis-St. Paul on December 20.
The airlines says customers can bid for a spot on these farewell flights via SkyMiles Experiences using their air miles.
Employees and retirees can purchase a seat on these flights on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at noon Eastern Time on November 20 at a discounted rate, with all proceeds going to the Airloom Project, the organization behind the 747 Experience exhibit at the Delta Flight Museum.
The company says the 747 will fly a handful of sports team and ad-hoc charter flights through to December 31 before a ferry flight takes its final 747 to its retirement place in Arizona in early January.
Delta says it will be celebrating the 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.