United Airlines has announced the dates and routes for its final Boeing 747 flights. The Chicago-based airline will officially retire the iconic widebody aircraft from its fleet on November 7 after one last flight from San Francisco to Honolulu. The flight will appropriately be numbered Flight 747.
According to Forbes, United will also have a party at the flight’s departure gate at San Francisco International. Tickets are already sold out for the flight, with some guests paying as much as $1,958 for business class.
Tickets for the top deck will not be sold, Forbes reported, but will be used as community space so that all passengers can spend a little time there. A few seats will be raffled off to ticket-holders for premium seating as well. The 747 has flown passengers since 1970, USA Today reported. As of Sept. 18, United had 13 Boeing 747s still in service.United Airlines
There will be a “throwback” theme for the flight, with United’s crews donning 1970s-era “retro” uniforms and serving “1970s-inspired” menu options. In-flight entertainment options also will hail from the 1970s. It’s all part of an effort by the airline to recreate the atmosphere passengers would have been experienced on United’s first-ever 747 flight in 1970, which also flew from San Francisco to Honolulu. That retro vibe, United says, “will help send the Queen of the Skies off in true style.”
The festivities will kick off with a two-hour celebration at San Francisco International Airport beginning at 9 a.m. local time November 7. The event will include a Boeing 747 gallery and remarks from United employees and executives.
United's 747 will depart for the final time at 11 a.m. local time and is scheduled to land at Honolulu International Airport at 2:45 p.m. local time. There, local employees will be on hand to participate in additional festivities.