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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 Apr 15, 2015, 7:41 pm
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Well, it looks like 2016 will probably be the end of the 747 fleet at Delta. Six more queens will be retired at the end of the 2015 summer season, with six left in airline service and a seventh flying charters. I can't imagine they'll keep the others beyond 2016, especially with the A350s starting arrival in time for the 2017 summer season.
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Old Apr 15, 2015, 8:54 pm
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Originally Posted by jrkmsp
Well, it looks like 2016 will probably be the end of the 747 fleet at Delta. Six more queens will be retired at the end of the 2015 summer season, with six left in airline service and a seventh flying charters. I can't imagine they'll keep the others beyond 2016, especially with the A350s starting arrival in time for the 2017 summer season.
Can't imagine how Delta can continue to operate DTW-Asia without enough 747s. By the statements of today's conference call, the Beach markets will not longer see 747s after the summer as will NRT-MNL. DTW-NRT/ICN/PVG will probably remain until 2017. Not sure when the first A350 arrives in 2017.
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Old Apr 15, 2015, 9:21 pm
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Don't forget that Delta also has 10 242 tonne A330-300 on order. They should receive the first any day now; 4 in 2015, 4 in 2016 and 2 in 2017.

That said, even the 242 tonne A333 does not really have the legs for TPAC out of DTW, with the possible exception of DTW-NRT. Just as Longboater stated, the last 6 744s will most likely do the TPAC routes out of DTW, with all other routes replaced by A333s. The A359s will then replace the last 744s out of DTW.

The first A359s are to be delivered starting in 2Q17; they better not be late for Delta's sake.
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Old Apr 15, 2015, 9:30 pm
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Originally Posted by Longboater
Can't imagine how Delta can continue to operate DTW-Asia without enough 747s.
Some DTW-Asia routes have been 777 or 77L, and can be again.
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Old Apr 16, 2015, 3:35 am
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Originally Posted by besst
That said, even the 242 tonne A333 does not really have the legs for TPAC out of DTW, with the possible exception of DTW-NRT. Just as Longboater stated, the last 6 744s will most likely do the TPAC routes out of DTW, with all other routes replaced by A333s. The A359s will then replace the last 744s out of DTW.
The new 242-t A333s could replace current 777 routes (e.g., LAX-NRT, SEA-NRT, NRT-SIN), thus freeing up the 777s for those longer DTW-Asia routes...
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Old Apr 16, 2015, 4:31 am
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What will DL use for the NRT MNL NRT flights then?
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Old Apr 16, 2015, 6:24 am
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Originally Posted by craig44485
What will DL use for the NRT MNL NRT flights then?
I, too, would like to know as I have a Nov ticket to MNL and have reserved my favorite seats.
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Old Apr 16, 2015, 12:08 pm
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Originally Posted by jrkmsp
Well, it looks like 2016 will probably be the end of the 747 fleet at Delta. Six more queens will be retired at the end of the 2015 summer season, with six left in airline service and a seventh flying charters. I can't imagine they'll keep the others beyond 2016, especially with the A350s starting arrival in time for the 2017 summer season.
Super sad about this as I LOVE the 747-400. But am happy that this summer, I'll be taking my first flight on the 747 and sitting upper deck too. ATL-AMS. Looking forward to it!
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Old Apr 20, 2015, 6:25 pm
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I'm flying ATL-AMS in a few weeks on a 747-400. Even got the UD seat. I believe that will probably be my last chance to fly on a 747.
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Old Apr 29, 2015, 12:28 pm
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Saw a 747 ready to leave MSP on 4/24. It's been awhile since I've seen one there.
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Old Apr 29, 2015, 12:52 pm
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Sad to see the 747 disappear - such a fantastic bird and always enjoyed flying the Klm and AF 747s. Would love to fly the delta 747 upper deck but not sure whether I will have the opportunity.
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Old May 5, 2015, 2:57 pm
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Just updated the Wikipost, it looks as if DTW-PVG is switching back to a 772 from 10/25/2015 onwards.
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Old May 5, 2015, 3:03 pm
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Also from the looks of it DTW-NRT/ICN will be the only TPAC routes with 744s left on it for W15 (though I might have missed one, so correct me if I'm wrong). Looks like DL is trying faster and faster to get rid of the 744s, it'll be interesting to see how DL's S16 TPAC schedule will look like and more importantly what will be flying them with so few 744s left at that point.
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Old May 5, 2015, 3:49 pm
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Originally Posted by deltaflyer08
Also from the looks of it DTW-NRT/ICN will be the only TPAC routes with 744s left on it for W15 (though I might have missed one, so correct me if I'm wrong). Looks like DL is trying faster and faster to get rid of the 744s, it'll be interesting to see how DL's S16 TPAC schedule will look like and more importantly what will be flying them with so few 744s left at that point.
It appears the Pacific overall is being downgauged. SEA-ICN/PEK/PVG are being downgauged to 767s. DTW-PVG is losing the 747 in favour of the 772. NRT-BKK/SIN/TPE are also downgauged to the 767. MSP-NRT has been downgauged to a A332. However, this is offset by new LAX-PVG routing of the 77L. Note that there appear to be no frequency reductions and all transpacific flying appears to be daily It appears Delta will need several 747s before the A350s arrive. Interesting that Delta is still keeping the 747 on HNL-KIX/NRT and taking it off of DTW-PVG. Would have figured with the downgauging of the beach markets, the 747 would have been taken off them completely. The first four A333 MTOW 242s are arriving by year's end and schedule has yet to be updated with them. The current 77L schedule for the winter doesn't add up as all ten would be in use. Expect the A333 MTOW 242 to take over LAX-NRT at a minimum and possibly MSP-NRT by year's end.
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Old May 5, 2015, 8:44 pm
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Well I guess this is the reduction in capacity for Asia that was announced not too long ago. Downgauging to 767s is pretty disappointing for a TPAC and the long NRT-SIN flight.
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