The aircraft’s swan song will see it make a return Seoul-Detroit run, capped off by an employee farewell tour.
As the second American carrier to phase out Boeing’s 747, Delta Air Lines has now made public exactly how this iconic member of its fleet will spend its last operational days, USA Today reports.
Its final run will occur next month, when Delta Air Lines Flight 159 departs Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) on December 15th for Incheon International Airport (ICN). The return leg of that journey, operated by Delta Air Lines Flight 158, will depart Seoul on December 17th and will be the 747’s very last voyage as part of the carrier’s passenger fleet. This route will then be covered by the airline’s Airbus A350 craft.
While it will no longer be on official duties as of mid-December, Delta is planning on taking the craft on what, in an official statement, it called “an employee farewell tour.” This tour will see the Queen of the Skies take in four of the carrier’s hubs, including Detroit, Seattle, Atlanta and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Tickets for these farewell tour flights will be made available to the carrier’s retirees and employees “on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at noon ET Nov. 20.” All funds from the sale of these tickets will be put toward the Airloom Project, which Delta describes as “the organization behind the 747 Experience exhibit at the Delta Flight Museum.”
The airline’s customers are also eligible to bid for tickets by redeeming some of their frequent-flier miles through Delta’s SkyMiles Experiences program. If they’re lucky, passengers might be able to nab a spot on one of the craft’s very final flights or attend one of its farewell parties.
But once the send-off is over, Delta has said that the craft will make one final flight to Arizona to enter its official and well-earned retirement at an aircraft boneyard in Arizona.