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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 Jun 28, 2014, 10:10 am
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Who else thinks the 744 schedule will be helped by changing the DTW-PVG and PVG-DTW flight schedule back to the old one where the DTW-PVG flight departed at around 3:30 PM and arrived in PVG at 7:35 with the returning flight departing at 10:00 AM from PVG and arriving in DTW at around 11:30 AM. I think the old schedule will help the aircraft rotations at DTW so one 747 won't sit at DTW for nearly 19 hours.
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Old Jun 28, 2014, 1:47 pm
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Originally Posted by deltaflyer08
Who else thinks the 744 schedule will be helped by changing the DTW-PVG and PVG-DTW flight schedule back to the old one where the DTW-PVG flight departed at around 3:30 PM and arrived in PVG at 7:35 with the returning flight departing at 10:00 AM from PVG and arriving in DTW at around 11:30 AM. I think the old schedule will help the aircraft rotations at DTW so one 747 won't sit at DTW for nearly 19 hours.
If it doesn't sit at DTW, it'll just sit in PVG. Might as well sit at the airport where spares are readily available. Also, DL's PVG schedule is pretty well-balanced with morning, noon and late afternoon departures. Altering DTW's timing would be a downgrade to the overall schedule.
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Old Jun 28, 2014, 2:33 pm
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I think it's fine. Allows the 747 to arrive at DTW in the evening with the next 747 departure the following day - gives time to fix any quick issues. Better do it in a hub than an outstation.
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Old Jun 28, 2014, 2:58 pm
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Originally Posted by deltaflyer08
True, the 747s do have more IRROPS, but I think the main problem for DL's fleet in general is that when compared to UA and AA DL's fleet is just so old and with Richard Anderson continually trying to go after current generation aircraft instead of the newer generation the DL fleet will never truly be as efficient as DL's competitors.
UA's 747s are also always breaking down... It's nost just DL's 747's. Big difference between DL and UA is DL has better system recovery.

DL will soon be replacing the widebody fleet with newer generation aircraft. In fact, in less then a year, they are the launch customer for the enhanced A332 aircraft. Delta just recently bought 6 of them from Airbus. Slowly, albeit not fast enough, DL will be ordering new widebody planes to replace what they currently have. As far as the 747's go, it cant seem to happen soon enough.
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Old Jun 28, 2014, 3:50 pm
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You're wanting the 747s to retire????? I am going out of my way inventing trips and twisting routes just to fly the 744 UD.
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Old Jun 28, 2014, 6:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Xeno
You're wanting the 747s to retire????? I am going out of my way inventing trips and twisting routes just to fly the 744 UD.
This. I wish Delta would order the 747-800i, but I think the odds are less than the odds of getting an OP-UP ATL-NRT on a V fare.
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Old Jun 28, 2014, 7:49 pm
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Originally Posted by Xeno
You're wanting the 747s to retire????? I am going out of my way inventing trips and twisting routes just to fly the 744 UD.
Same here! It will be a sad day when the last DL 747 retires.
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Old Jun 28, 2014, 10:08 pm
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Originally Posted by DL2SXM
In fact, in less then a year, they are the launch customer for the enhanced A332 aircraft. Delta just recently bought 6 of them from Airbus.
I had heard about the 10 HGW A333s, but not any A332s. Is this true? If yes, is this an additional order or a conversion?
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Old Jun 28, 2014, 10:31 pm
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Originally Posted by cdubose98
I had heard about the 10 HGW A333s, but not any A332s. Is this true? If yes, is this an additional order or a conversion?
+1. I hadn't heard anything about A332s either but maybe I missed something.
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Old Jun 28, 2014, 10:33 pm
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Originally Posted by jchan2
This. I wish Delta would order the 747-800i, but I think the odds are less than the odds of getting an OP-UP ATL-NRT on a V fare.
It's actually 747-8i (not 800). But I agree, it's not going to happen. DL execs including RA said 4-engined birds are not planned.
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Old Jun 29, 2014, 5:29 am
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Originally Posted by DL2SXM
In fact in less then a year, they are the launch customer for the enhanced A332 aircraft. Delta just recently bought 6 of them from Airbus.
Actually, Delta ordered 10, not 6, of the 242-t A333, not A332s. 3-4 of them should be arriving in 2015.

Originally Posted by Xeno
You're wanting the 747s to retire????? I am going out of my way inventing trips and twisting routes just to fly the 744 UD.
While I love the 747, and especially the Delta UD (one of the best J experiences out there worldwide), I have to cross my fingers and toes every time I have a flight on one of these, for fear of mechanical delays/cancellations...
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Old Jun 29, 2014, 7:18 am
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The wiki here is missing HNL-KIX and HNL-NRT in the winter schedules. HNL-KIX is not listed, though it is on 747, as it always is, in the winter; though still for now it's only 1x daily, but will likely go to 2x daily in the winter with second flight on A330, while HNL-NRT is listed as dropped, when actually it's back on 747 in the winter.
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Old Jun 29, 2014, 10:30 am
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Originally Posted by RealHJ
The wiki here is missing HNL-KIX and HNL-NRT in the winter schedules. HNL-KIX is not listed, though it is on 747, as it always is, in the winter; though still for now it's only 1x daily, but will likely go to 2x daily in the winter with second flight on A330, while HNL-NRT is listed as dropped, when actually it's back on 747 in the winter.
Thanks, fixed. You know you fix it yourself, right?
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Old Jun 29, 2014, 12:33 pm
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Originally Posted by ClipperDelta
While I love the 747, and especially the Delta UD (one of the best J experiences out there worldwide), I have to cross my fingers and toes every time I have a flight on one of these, for fear of mechanical delays/cancellations...
I remember being inconvenienced only once on a 747 due to a late inbound for ATL-NRT (going on to HKG). I will take those odds considering the issues we routinely face on international trips especially considering the dividend of flying that magnificent UD!
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Old Jun 29, 2014, 1:56 pm
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Originally Posted by Xeno
I remember being inconvenienced only once on a 747 due to a late inbound for ATL-NRT (going on to HKG). I will take those odds considering the issues we routinely face on international trips especially considering the dividend of flying that magnificent UD!
Was on the delayed ATL-NRT on Friday (left 3.5 hours late). I honestly didn't mind since I just stayed at my office later until going to the airport but know there were a decent bit of misconnects...NRT had quite a bit of ACS staff ready and well-organized to get everything sorted.

Still at the end of the day nothing beats the upper deck on the 747...almost like flying a private jet.
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