In a long awaited announcement, United Airlines unveiled their plans for the final Boeing 747-400 flight. United will fly their final revenue flight from San Francisco to Honolulu on November 7, 2017.
This journey will serve as the ultimate throwback for customers, employees and invited guests as it recreates the first 747 flight operated by United in 1970. 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 available for purchase now at united.com. A quick check of United’s website shows that the Boeing 747s flight is double the average economy fare for that route. You will definitely pay a premium for the privilege to fly on United’s Queen one last time. Prices start at $571 for economy (one-way) while other flights leaving that day are around $200 one-way. For connecting flights through LAX on an A320 and Boeing 757-300, United is even offering $671 for First class. Still though, the c 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 FranciscoInternational 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. Customers and fans of the Queen of the Skies are encouraged to use the #UA747Farewell hashtag in social media posts.
United Airlines took delivery of their first 747-400 in June of 1989. They are retiring the 747 fleet due to increased maintenance and poor efficiency relative to newer twin-engined widebodies like the 777-300, 787, and forthcoming A350.