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United has said its final goodbyes to the the 747, and soon it will be Delta’s turn to retire the Queen of the Skies. The airline has already announced the routes it will fly for the aircraft’s last commercial service, and now the airline has shared the dates and routes for a domestic “farewell tour” of its own that will visit the airline’s major hubs in the US. Currently, Delta is flying its last 747-400 between its hub in Detroit (DTW) and Seoul (ICN) and will operate its last regularly scheduled 747 flight on December 17. As a reminder, here’s the schedule of the final two commercial flights:
December 15: DL159 Detroit (DTW) 12:31pm Departure → Seoul (ICN) 4:30pm (+1) Arrival
December 17: DL158 Seoul (ICN) 11:15am Departure → Detroit (DTW) 10:14am Arrival
After DL158 lands in Detroit, Delta will begin a special employee farewell tour that will take the Queen all around the country. The 747 will start in DTW and make it’s way to Seattle (SEA) on December 18. The next day it will travel from SEA to Atlanta (ATL) and then on December 20 from ATL to Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP).
As part of the tour, Delta employees and retirees can purchase seats on the final flights at a discounted rate with the proceeds going to charity. But if you’re just an AvGeek and want to be on one of these special flights, you can use your SkyMiles to bid for a seat and a celebration after the flight. SkyMiles members can also bid on a hangar tour with the 747 at DTW that will precede the historic journey.
After the festivities are over Delta will use the aircraft for charter flights through December 31. The 747-400 will be ferried to an Arizona boneyard in early January where it will sit in purgatory waiting to be purchased or stripped for parts.
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