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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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DL 747 fleet operation

Old Oct 30, 2014, 7:33 am
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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 thought the DL rule was that on a RT, FAs and the purser did coach in one direction and BE on the other for TATL/TPAC/etc. flights., with the purser becoming the coach service director or whatever it's officially called back there.

Still, I know a FA with lots of seniority who takes great pride in trying to get only the upper deck when she works. I think she likes to be away from and somewhat independent of the purser.

I suspect that other FAs prefer the cook/galley position to minimize contact with passengers.
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Old Oct 30, 2014, 7:38 am
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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.
Seems you forgot a flight. DTW - PVG is also currently being flown with a 744. I believe the 3 DTW flights require 6 aircraft to operate them which leaves 6 aircraft for the other flights and charter ops.

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Old Nov 9, 2014, 8:51 pm
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747 parked at MSP again today

Today I had a gorgeous view of a 747 from I-494 parked at an angle to the west of the big maintenance hangar. Later in the day, just after dusk, I noticed (again from I-494) that the interior lights were turned on, making for another very pretty view.

However, again the question is why. Having the lights on in the evening would suggest to me that some interior maintenance is being done.

I hope this old baby gets moved inside the hangar before our blizzard arrives in the middle of the night. I want this 747 (sorry I couldn't read the tail number while driving) to feel nice and warm and comfy during what might well be one of its last nights on the ground on its old home turf. Plus, I've always thought that aircraft look so cute with their tails sticking out through the hangar doors when everything is closed up except for that hole for their tails.
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Old Nov 10, 2014, 4:32 am
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist
Today I had a gorgeous view of a 747 from I-494 parked at an angle to the west of the big maintenance hangar. Later in the day, just after dusk, I noticed (again from I-494) that the interior lights were turned on, making for another very pretty view.

However, again the question is why. Having the lights on in the evening would suggest to me that some interior maintenance is being done.

I hope this old baby gets moved inside the hangar before our blizzard arrives in the middle of the night. I want this 747 (sorry I couldn't read the tail number while driving) to feel nice and warm and comfy during what might well be one of its last nights on the ground on its old home turf. Plus, I've always thought that aircraft look so cute with their tails sticking out through the hangar doors when everything is closed up except for that hole for their tails.
I flew DL 585 from Tokyo-Narita to MSP last Wednesday and saw a 747 out by the maintenance hanger off of I-494, but didn't happen to notice the ship number.

Would have been nice to have satellite WiFi on the 777-200s.

Luckily, I got to fly Detroit to Tokyo-Narita the week prior on a 747-400. WiFi worked well for the first half of the flight but the internet service was lost north of Canada/Alaska and across Siberia -- internet service returned as we came down over Japanese airspace.

Otherwise, all great flights, including my onward flights from Narita.

Sad to see DL is down to three USA mainland - Asia routes with the Queen of the Sky.

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Old Nov 10, 2014, 5:01 am
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist
Today I had a gorgeous view of a 747 from I-494 parked at an angle to the west of the big maintenance hangar. Later in the day, just after dusk, I noticed (again from I-494) that the interior lights were turned on, making for another very pretty view.

However, again the question is why. Having the lights on in the evening would suggest to me that some interior maintenance is being done.

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I rented it out, it was my wife's 40th birthday party and wanted to throw her an unforgettable party! Long live the DL 747!!
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Old Nov 10, 2014, 8:40 am
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Originally Posted by DL2SXM
I rented it out, it was my wife's 40th birthday party and wanted to throw her an unforgettable party! Long live the DL 747!!
You're joking...
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Old Nov 10, 2014, 8:44 am
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Originally Posted by nichojo
You're joking...
Isn't a charter just a rental? Of course, the contract usually mentions that the plane will actaully fly somewhere but that little detail could have been left off of the post. It would have been quite a birthday party, although picking who gets BE and especially the upper deck seats could be delicate.
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Old Nov 15, 2014, 7:32 am
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Exclamation DAL 747 flight opportunities

747 connoisseurs. Opportunity to fly out of Atlanta on one of Delta's soon to be retired 747-400s! #8806 ATL-DTW on December 1st. I'm gonna miss these beasts. Looks like they also have 2 going to Minneapolis on the 30th as well. Who's in?^
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Old Nov 15, 2014, 3:39 pm
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747-800i!
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Old Nov 15, 2014, 5:37 pm
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CPGeorgiajetsetter, welcome to FlyerTalk. As this is best focused on Delta, I'll move to that airline's dedicated FlyerTalk forum. Ocn Vw 1K, Moderator, TravelBuzz.
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Old Nov 21, 2014, 12:05 pm
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According to the DL desktop timetable, DTW/ATL-AMS and DTW-CDG will see daily 744s starting March 28th. Also, ship 6301, which was scheduled to be retired by the end of the year, will now stay until fall 2015.
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Old Nov 24, 2014, 2:03 pm
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I am planning on a Japan trip next spring to visit a friend but also want to ride upper deck on the 747. I was booked (award) on the early HNL-NRT flight but with the weekend schedule change that is now a 767. The 747 departs later in the day now. Unfortunately, Delta won't change me to the later 747 departure as there isn't low space available.

To avoid this in future schedule changes, would HNL-KIX be a better flight to ensure getting a ride on the 747 or has that been flipping between 747 and other equipment?
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Old Nov 24, 2014, 3:51 pm
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Originally Posted by cdubose98
According to the DL desktop timetable, DTW/ATL-AMS and DTW-CDG will see daily 744s starting March 28th. Also, ship 6301, which was scheduled to be retired by the end of the year, will now stay until fall 2015.
Thanks for the alert. Although I prefer the much longer ride in the UD like to Asia, I will certainly try to route one of my trips to Europe to get another ride before they vanish.
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Originally Posted by TTT
To avoid this in future schedule changes, would HNL-KIX be a better flight to ensure getting a ride on the 747 or has that been flipping between 747 and other equipment?
When it is daily HNL-KIX is almost always 747. When it becomes twice daily then it is 2 x A330, or 1 x A330 and 1 x 747. So, if you are not travelling at peak time and it is when it's just once vs. twice daily, it's a pretty safe bet it'll remain 747, but of course no way to be a 100% sure (though even usually when it's 2 x daily 1 x of those still is 747).

HNL-FUK and HNL-NGO are always 767. (Personally I find the 767 BE seats more comfortable than 747, so I'd go for 767 first - also the 767 flight is longer than 747 due to smaller aircraft that goes at lower speed, and A330 next, and 747 only last if no other options.)

HNL-NRT, now that it's downgraded to 2x daily (vs. for many years 3x daily) is 1 x 747 and 1 x 767 constantly (vs. earlier 1 x 747, 1 x A330, 1 x 767 or 2 x A330 and 1 x 747)
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Old Nov 25, 2014, 7:28 am
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Originally Posted by RealHJ
When it is daily HNL-KIX is almost always 747. When it becomes twice daily then it is 2 x A330, or 1 x A330 and 1 x 747. So, if you are not travelling at peak time and it is when it's just once vs. twice daily, it's a pretty safe bet it'll remain 747, but of course no way to be a 100% sure (though even usually when it's 2 x daily 1 x of those still is 747).

HNL-FUK and HNL-NGO are always 767. (Personally I find the 767 BE seats more comfortable than 747, so I'd go for 767 first - also the 767 flight is longer than 747 due to smaller aircraft that goes at lower speed, and A330 next, and 747 only last if no other options.)

HNL-NRT, now that it's downgraded to 2x daily (vs. for many years 3x daily) is 1 x 747 and 1 x 767 constantly (vs. earlier 1 x 747, 1 x A330, 1 x 767 or 2 x A330 and 1 x 747)
Thank you! I am traveling at the end of April and it looks like HNL-KIX is only operating once per day during that time so fingers crossed that it holds. I like the 767 but have only flown the 747 once and that was in Y. Looking to try the upper deck before they are out of the fleet.

I was booked on HNL-NRT but they swapped the 747 timing and I got placed onto the 767. Unfortunately they wouldn't allow me to change to the 747 because the flight timing change was minimal and there was no Low available.
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