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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 Jul 15, 2013, 9:24 am
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Can someone add to wikipost LAX-NRT gets the 747 starting 1/5/14... Cannot do so from app
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 10:03 am
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So no chance SEA-NRT will go back to a 747 by December? Award ticket booked for 12/13 departure and 1/1 return (was excited about 747 and low availability).

Does there need to be low availability on the other flights I'd like to switch to and stay on the 747, or will DL move me for free b/c of equipment change? ATL, DTW and JFK all don't have low 747 availability on my travel days. (would like to keep those dates because I have NRT-HKG seats confirmed in low, and those have been the harder part of the equation to get).

I have my positioning flights booked, but because of how cheap they were, can easily just can them and either rebook or just get on at ATL.

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Old Jul 15, 2013, 11:26 am
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The ticket is only for the class of service. It does not guarantee the equipment type (except the UK flights which they guarantee a flat-bed config). If you want to switch to any other flights, you will need low availability.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 11:32 am
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Not necessarily. I got an agent who was cool and understood that the 747 is a unique experience. She made the change even though there was no low availability. Just be prepared to HUCA.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 12:37 pm
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I, by contrast, have asked not a few to get me back on a 747 and no DL agent has been willing to break the rules for a $4.2K ticket.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 12:51 pm
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Originally Posted by Xeno
I, by contrast, have asked not a few to get me back on a 747 and no DL agent has been willing to break the rules for a $4.2K ticket.
Perhaps they have less flexibility with a revenue ticket?
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 1:10 pm
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Originally Posted by Daytona
The ticket is only for the class of service. It does not guarantee the equipment type (except the UK flights which they guarantee a flat-bed config). If you want to switch to any other flights, you will need low availability.
Understood. The reconfigured A330 is still a neat experience- same/similar seat as in the 747!
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 2:00 pm
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I notice DL 295 ATL to NRT has been 3 to 4 hours delayed several times over the past few days. This was previously due to missing one of the 747 which sits overnight in ATL.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 2:55 pm
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I noticed a 747 scheduled for SEA-NRT on Tuesday, November 19th.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 4:28 pm
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Originally Posted by misterbean
Oh dear, here we go again:

DL268 JFK-TLV cancelled yesterday 7/14 (N662US, presumably MX) and will operate as DL9856 departing 3pm, 15hrs late.

DL269 TLV-JFK 7/16 delayed 12hrs until 12pm.
DL173 JFK-NRT 7/16 presumably going to be delayed for ~3hrs.

Also, unless DL wants to send N662US on 5 consecutive long-hauls (JFK-TLV-JFK-TLV-JFK-NRT), we'll probably see a reposition ATL-JFK tomorrow afternoon, and N662US will reposition JFK-ATL tomorrow evening.

This is bad for this fleet. It's a different aircraft every time, not one troublesome one...
Looks like N667US is scheduled inbound from NRT to ATL tomorrow afternoon (3:10pm EST arrival) and would otherwise overnight. I don't see any other reposition options to cover.


One nitpick on the wiki: The SEA-NRT flight usually happens SEA-NRT-BKK-NRT-ATL or SEA-NRT-MNL-NRT-ATL as a 2 day loop. 9 of the 16 744s have done the SEA-NRT leg in the last 2 weeks. Not sure if you can really show what these planes are doing in the wiki (as the routing gets convoluted in a hurry), but most of the time the plane that goes SEA-NRT is not the same plane as NRT-SEA.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 4:53 pm
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Originally Posted by jiburi
I didn't think SEA was able to support both HND flight and 747 NRT flights.

Also, I checked HNL/NRT and looks like this route will lose the 747 after late September. Was 76W and 747, now 76W and 330. It's weird, as the flight are Zeroed for a long period of time.... beginning in October
That has happened before (zeroing out of flights for quite a while, and not brought back to available for a month or a few even)... and if you ask DL, they have no explanation for it.

So HNL-NRT now is only 2x daily, not 3x daily as it normally is? Odd, as those flights DL has no problem packing (nor 2x daily HNL-KIX when it does that on 1x747 and 1xA330, normaly it's 1x daily 747 or A330 and pretty much 100% full).
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 9:48 pm
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Originally Posted by ukdave0
I notice DL 295 ATL to NRT has been 3 to 4 hours delayed several times over the past few days. This was previously due to missing one of the 747 which sits overnight in ATL.
Yeah, more IRROPS. It was late today, 7/15, because N670US overnighted and then wasn't up for the challenge, so the inbound aircraft was used, and it's scheduled to fly tomorrow.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 9:49 pm
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist
I noticed a 747 scheduled for SEA-NRT on Tuesday, November 19th.
Don't see it on dl.com...
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 9:53 pm
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Originally Posted by misterbean
Don't see it on dl.com...
It's on EF and the only 747 I saw within about two weeks on this route.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 9:55 pm
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Originally Posted by WestSideBilly
Looks like N667US is scheduled inbound from NRT to ATL tomorrow afternoon (3:10pm EST arrival) and would otherwise overnight. I don't see any other reposition options to cover.


One nitpick on the wiki: The SEA-NRT flight usually happens SEA-NRT-BKK-NRT-ATL or SEA-NRT-MNL-NRT-ATL as a 2 day loop. 9 of the 16 744s have done the SEA-NRT leg in the last 2 weeks. Not sure if you can really show what these planes are doing in the wiki (as the routing gets convoluted in a hurry), but most of the time the plane that goes SEA-NRT is not the same plane as NRT-SEA.
Well, N670US is in ATL from the 7/14 flight. Might be something wrong with it, as it didn't cover the 7/15 ATL-NRT, and it's the one that's supposed to be used for ATL-NRT 7/16, not N667US, which is the overnight for 7/17. Who knows..

About the wiki, the US-NRT-Asia and Asia-NRT-US routes are very inconsistent. It varies with arrival times and rotation schedules.
I've seen BKK-NRT go to ATL, JFK, SEA, DTW, and also stay as a spare in NRT. Same for other routes.
Obviously the SEA-NRT aircraft is never the same as that day's NRT-SEA since the exNRT departure is before the NRT arrival.
BUT, the aircraft that operates NRT-SEA always operates SEA-NRT.
That's why most of the routings in the wiki originate and end in NRT, and to show layover times in NRT I used the generic "US" and "Asia".
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