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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 Oct 16, 2014, 11:42 am
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So sad... I hate that Delta is doing this. Just terrible.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayi...2017/17350781/

And I love that the post before me was #747... and I'm #748! Still want to fly on one of the old 747-400's before they are all gone.
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Old Oct 16, 2014, 11:56 am
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I am so glad I had 2 rides on the Queen this year, LAX-NRT & NRT-JFK (6301 & 6302).
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Old Oct 17, 2014, 2:58 pm
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From an engineering perspective, can the seats on the 744s be reused in other aircraft, such as future 777 and A330 orders?
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Old Oct 17, 2014, 5:37 pm
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It depends of the seat models were certified for use on those other aircraft types. Its unlikely they'd re-use the seats, even though they aren't very old (and in much better condition than the old 777 lie-flats).
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Old Oct 26, 2014, 7:59 pm
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Updated with the remaining 6 routes for the 747s....

Ship N661US is parked at MSP. N675NW looks like its running a charter for military troop movement from Germany to Texas.
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Old Oct 27, 2014, 8:25 am
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Originally Posted by rylan
Updated with the remaining 6 routes for the 747s....

Ship N661US is parked at MSP. N675NW looks like its running a charter for military troop movement from Germany to Texas.
Bet that's the bird that will end up doing the MSP to ATL flights on the 30th of Nov.
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Old Oct 27, 2014, 9:31 am
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N669US also just completed a flight from DTW to SSC (Shaw air force base), so presuming that will be heading out to Europe for troop transport also.

N675NW is landing at DTW.
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Old Oct 27, 2014, 9:33 am
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how many Delta 747's are going to the desert in 2015?
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Old Oct 27, 2014, 10:14 am
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Not sure... we haven't seen schedule changes cutting any more 747 routes as of yet. Seems like they'll be using some of the slack for military charters, but I'd have to assume those aren't going to keep the birds from going to the dust bowl in the desert.
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Old Oct 27, 2014, 10:37 am
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I knew that delta just retired 4 to the desert but I was kind of surprised to learn that the only 74's crossing the ocean from the states are DTW - ICN and DTW - NRT. Plus, the only intra Asia flights is NRT to MNL. It would seem that DL could easily retire a few more.

I've heard from a few Delta FA's who are friends that they don't like the 747's. Especially the UD for them, they don't have refrigerated units up top so they have to rely on dry ice to keep items cold. I don't see why that should be such a bid deal though,
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Old Oct 29, 2014, 1:12 pm
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Seems that N661US is still flying revenue routes... it made the short hop from MSP-DTW last night and flew to DTW-ICN today. Pretty disappointing that this bird doesn't have gogo and its being used over others that have it or are on military charter runs.
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Old Oct 29, 2014, 1:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Cloudship
Bet that's the bird that will end up doing the MSP to ATL flights on the 30th of Nov.
That would be a long time to be parked at MSP, so I suspect that it will depart and return in the meantime. Part of what makes an airline profitable is to design schedules that pretty much fully utilize available equipment, although at some point it makes sense to park an aircraft rather than operate it with few passengers or cheap tickets.
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Originally Posted by DL2SXM
I knew that delta just retired 4 to the desert but I was kind of surprised to learn that the only 74's crossing the ocean from the states are DTW - ICN and DTW - NRT. Plus, the only intra Asia flights is NRT to MNL. It would seem that DL could easily retire a few more.

I've heard from a few Delta FA's who are friends that they don't like the 747's. Especially the UD for them, they don't have refrigerated units up top so they have to rely on dry ice to keep items cold. I don't see why that should be such a bid deal though,
I am surprised to hear that some of them do not like the UD

The passengers should be generally pretty easy to work with, and the work is minimal! Everybody except for me slept most of the flight on the UD last week MSP-NRT, I had to work (the wifi worked great!)

Most of the time when I got up the FA were sitting and reading

Maybe they are too bored?
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Old Oct 30, 2014, 7:55 am
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Originally Posted by DL2SXM

I've heard from a few Delta FA's who are friends that they don't like the 747's. Especially the UD for them, they don't have refrigerated units up top so they have to rely on dry ice to keep items cold. I don't see why that should be such a bid deal though,
I find that difficult to believe. As you know, FAs get to choose their assignments (including cabin) based on seniority. The FAs in the upper deck of the 747s tend to be the oldest ones -- so that means that they consider the UD to be the prime assignment.

I am yet to see an FA on the upper deck who is under 40 years old.
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Originally Posted by Dovster
I find that difficult to believe. As you know, FAs get to choose their assignments (including cabin) based on seniority. The FAs in the upper deck of the 747s tend to be the oldest ones -- so that means that they consider the UD to be the prime assignment.

I am yet to see an FA on the upper deck who is under 40 years old.

I agree with you. Me thinks that my FA friend, 20 years with Delta, speaks with a jealous tongue when he says that.
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