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Delta Air Lines Boeing 747-400 Fleet Status/Information

Of 16 frames: 0 Active, 1 Preserved, 15 Retired/Stored,

Registration / Ship# (Delivery Month/Yr): Status/other information

N661US / 6301 (12/89): Preserved at the Delta Flight Museum. Was the first 744 ever built. Last revenue flight was HNL-ATL arriving on the morning of 09/09/15. Arrived at the Delta Flight Museum 04/30/2016 and was renovated to be a permanent exhibit. To learn more about the project visit this website. (DL museum website is here)
N662US / 6302 (03/89): Retired, flew to MZJ on 10/15/17. Was the first 744 (in 2012) to be renovated into the 376 pax configuration after the DL/NW merger.
N663US / 6303 (01/89): SCRAPPED, flew to MZJ on 11/05/15.
N664US / 6304 (04/89): SCRAPPED, en-route (DTW-ICN) over China on 06/17/15, was severely damaged by hail. Temporary repairs to make it air-worthy were made. It flew directly from ICN to MZJ on 07/10/15.
N665US / 6305 (09/89): SCRAPPED, flew to MZJ 12/01/16. Was the first 744 (in 2008) to be re-painted in the Delta livery after the DL/NW merger.
N666US / 6306 (08/89): Retired, flew to MZJ 12/26/17. Was the last 744 (in 2017) to perform a revenue passenger flight (12/19/2017 DL158 ICN-DTW).
N667US / 6307 (07/90): Retired, flew to MZJ 11/18/17.
N668US / 6308 (07/90): Retired, flew to MZJ 12/06/17.
N669US / 6309 (08/90): Retired, flew to MZJ 12/23/17.
N670US / 6310 (08/90): Retired, flew to MZJ 12/26/17.
N671US / 6311 (03/99): Retired, flew to MZJ 09/30/14. Due to 6304's damage, it was pulled from storage on 06/28/15 and re-entered revenue service. Was flown back to MZJ and re-retired on 10/31/15.
N672US / 6312 (07/99): Retired, flew to MZJ 10/01/14.
N673US / 6313 (08/99): Retired, flew to MZJ 10/31/16.
N674US / 6314 (10/99): Retired, flew to MZJ 01/03/18. Was the last 744 in the fleet to retire (in 2018).
N675NW / 6315 (03/02): Retired, flew to MZJ 10/25/15.
N676NW / 6316 (04/02): Retired, flew to MZJ 10/01/14.

Fleet Notes:

Final scheduled flight: DL158 ICN-DTW 12/19/17 (N666US).
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Old Mar 31, 2017, 9:50 pm
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Originally Posted by kjnangre
One interesting impact of DL's pending JV with KE: 747 flights for a long time to come. KE took delivery of 747-8 jets as recently as last year. Apparently their Apex suite in J is very nice too.
However I think with DL, part of the love is the 1-1 seating. KE is 2-2 upper deck.
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Old Mar 31, 2017, 9:55 pm
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Originally Posted by flyerCO
However I think with DL, part of the love is the 1-1 seating. KE is 2-2 upper deck.
Tho it's not a true 2-2 because it's staggered with direct aisle access from every seat. Still not as nice as DL, but way ahead of UA or most other 2-2 seat arrangements. It's also the same seat they use in F
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Old Apr 2, 2017, 2:12 am
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DL296 NRT-ATL on 16 May will be on a 747. I assume this is part of ending the HNL-NRT/KIX routes. Maybe somebody can add it to the wiki. Haven't been able to figure out where it's going after ATL.
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Old Apr 2, 2017, 3:13 pm
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I've looked at all the logical flights out of ATL that a 747 may be on including ferry flights back for the four days after May 16 including to DTW and MSP as well as NRT, HNL, ICN and even JNB with no luck. Not sure where is is going after that. Anyone find anything yet?
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Old Apr 2, 2017, 4:42 pm
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I spent a few minutes last night playing around with "/ aircraft t:747" in ITA Matrix and couldn't find anything either.
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Old Apr 3, 2017, 3:10 am
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Originally Posted by kjnangre
Tho it's not a true 2-2 because it's staggered with direct aisle access from every seat. Still not as nice as DL, but way ahead of UA or most other 2-2 seat arrangements. It's also the same seat they use in F
I've flown KE 747s upper deck, and the staggered seats are nice, with powered dividers you can raise or lower depending on how social you feel. I do like DL seating better, but enjoy KE service more.
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Old Apr 12, 2017, 9:10 pm
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I recently flew DTW-PVG and back. Had the marvelous luck of being upper deck both ways.

I haven't seen many reviews of 72k and 73k so I figured I'd post one for the limited use it'll serve, before they end use of the plane this fall.

73k is the 'typical' seat in the cabin. No extra room, nothing special about it. That said, its amazing. I didn't find it too close to the lavatory, not too noisy, etc. If you want to sit in the upper deck, this is a fine seat.

72k - a great seat. You get a big space you can store your bedding during takeoff. There's only 14 or so seats in the upper deck, so lavatory usage isn't bad. With decent headphones and and eye mask, you won't notice anything.

As an aside, I'm a total plane geek. I asked the FA when boarding if I could get a picture of the cockpit. The pilot sat me in his seat, let me take pictures, went through a bit of the starting procedure with me. Really made me feel like a kid again... Such a special occasion.
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Old Apr 12, 2017, 9:34 pm
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Originally Posted by DCADeltaRoadWarrior
... total plane geek. I asked the FA when boarding if I could get a picture of the cockpit. The pilot sat me in his seat, let me take pictures, went through a bit of the starting procedure with me. Really made me feel like a kid again... Such a special occasion.
^ yep; ain't nothin' like the Queen of the Skies ... all the flight crews I've interacted with as a revenue passenger since 1977 (Boeing Commercial Flight Test employee 1979-1982, other Boeing 1983-1999) generally feel the same
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Old Apr 12, 2017, 9:48 pm
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Seems sometime late October, maybe Oct 31st, the DTW-NRT-DTW will convert to 777. Doesn't have a designation of which version. Where as ATL-NRT-ATL lists a 777-200LR. Might be they actually are looking to park them at the end of 2017.

If so will find some flight and hopefully get upstairs. Something I've never done.
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Old Apr 12, 2017, 10:17 pm
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Originally Posted by dinanm3atl
Seems sometime late October, maybe Oct 31st, the DTW-NRT-DTW will convert to 777. Doesn't have a designation of which version. Where as ATL-NRT-ATL lists a 777-200LR. Might be they actually are looking to park them at the end of 2017.

If so will find some flight and hopefully get upstairs. Something I've never done.
DTW-NRT and DTW-PVG both swap from a 747 to 777 on October 28th. DTW-ICN is currently scheduled as a 747 through Dec 15th with the final scheduled 747 flight being ICN-DTW on Dec 17th. However, a 777 can also be found on DTW-ICN on certain dates prior to Dec 15th. There's some speculation that the 777 scheduled for these flights is actually just a placeholder for the A350 and one should expect those to start showing up once delivery dates are finalized.
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Originally Posted by dinanm3atl
Might be they actually are looking to park them at the end of 2017.
I don't think there's any "might be" about it. DL plans to park the 747s this year. That's been known for a long time now.
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Old Apr 14, 2017, 2:03 pm
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Originally Posted by kjnangre
I don't think there's any "might be" about it. DL plans to park the 747s this year. That's been known for a long time now.
I know. I meant it more that they have said they were going away before and didn't. With the a350 coming for sure I think it's more certain this time.


Originally Posted by LBJ
DTW-NRT and DTW-PVG both swap from a 747 to 777 on October 28th. DTW-ICN is currently scheduled as a 747 through Dec 15th with the final scheduled 747 flight being ICN-DTW on Dec 17th. However, a 777 can also be found on DTW-ICN on certain dates prior to Dec 15th. There's some speculation that the 777 scheduled for these flights is actually just a placeholder for the A350 and one should expect those to start showing up once delivery dates are finalized.
Interesting. Maybe I'll get lucky and be placed on an a350 if they arrive
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Was just looking and noticed DL158 on Dec 17th is now listed as 777.

Edit - Nevermind. For some reason it was forcing a greater then 24hr connection and DL158 was showing as Dec 18th for my search instead of Dec 17th. My inbound would get in plenty early to meet MCT so not sure what Delta.com was doing giving me a connection over 24 hrs later.

Anyone else trying to get on it/have already booked it?

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Old May 4, 2017, 7:02 am
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Originally Posted by dinanm3atl
DL275 during final boarding yesterday.


Untitled by Halston Pitman MotorSportMedia, on Flickr
I always hated that that window film at DTW got in the way of my 744 photos. Great job making it work for you!
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Just saw this article about some of the 350s possibly being delayed. Perhaps DL will keep a couple 74s around for just a bit longer as a result?

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-05/delta-is-said-to-consider-delaying-3-billion-airbus-order
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