United Airlines plans to retire the Boeing 747 widebody jet from its fleet next month. The airline announced that United flight 747, on Tuesday, Nov. 7 from San Francisco to Honolulu will be the airline’s farewell flight.
This journey will serve as the ultimate throwback for customers, employees and invited guests as it recreates the first 747 flight operated by United on July 23, 1970 from SF to Honolulu. 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. The original United 747 aircraft that first made this journey from San Francisco to Honolulu was named the “Friend Ship,” the same name bestowed on this farewell flight.
Seats on this special, one-way trip, United flight 747, are already sold out. The seats in the upper deck will not be sold, giving all guests the opportunity to spend time in this iconic space.
Customers seated in United Polaris first class and United Polaris business class will be entered into a drawing that will take place at the gate prior to boarding for an opportunity to occupy one of a select number of seats in the upper deck during the flight.
The journey will begin with a gate celebration at 9 a.m. local time at San Francisco International Airport, featuring a Boeing 747 gallery, remarks from United employees and executives, as well as refreshments. The flight will depart San Francisco International Airport at 11 a.m. local time, landing at Honolulu International Airport at 2:45 p.m. local time. Upon landing in Honolulu, local employees will welcome the aircraft with final festivities to close out the historic day.
On October 29, United will fly its last international 747 flight from Seoul to San Francisco.
United had 15 747-400 jets in its fleet which seats up to 374 people.