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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 Aug 7, 2015, 10:46 am
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I am scheduled to fly MNL-NRT (first time on the upper deck) this week, but it looks like I will have to give it up due to changes to my return date.

If I plan to take this route again next year, NRT-MNL-NRT do you think the 747 will still be operating daily?

Also, re the DTW-NRT route, will be it operating 4x weekly next summer, since the change would have just been made on 10/5/2015?

I looked at the Wiki, and if I understood, most of the 747's are retiring this year?? I thought I read somewhere that it would be in 2017??
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Old Aug 7, 2015, 11:00 am
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Originally Posted by ENFO
I am scheduled to fly MNL-NRT (first time on the upper deck) this week, but it looks like I will have to give it up due to changes to my return date.

If I plan to take this route again next year, NRT-MNL-NRT do you think the 747 will still be operating daily?

Also, re the DTW-NRT route, will be it operating 4x weekly next summer, since the change would have just been made on 10/5/2015?

I looked at the Wiki, and if I understood, most of the 747's are retiring this year?? I thought I read somewhere that it would be in 2017??
Your best bet is to go to delta.com and check the schedules, to see how it is planned at this time, though the aircraft can change as close in as just a month or a few before departure.
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Old Aug 7, 2015, 11:47 am
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Pretty awesome seeing two taxi and two at the gates last night in DTW.
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Old Aug 8, 2015, 10:39 am
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Originally Posted by RealHJ
Your best bet is to go to delta.com and check the schedules, to see how it is planned at this time, though the aircraft can change as close in as just a month or a few before departure.
Thank you!
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 12:23 pm
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I just got off AMS-DTW. My only complaint is that this is such a short flight!

The Captain let me take a photo in his seat and an FA decided to make the flight memorable for me considering I have only one more 744 secured booked.

My favorite seat on my favorite aircraft. How sad to see this come to an end.
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Old Aug 24, 2015, 1:00 pm
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FYI: 744 will operate Sept. 12 AMS-MSP-AMS.
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 6:54 am
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Originally Posted by RealHJ
Your best bet is to go to delta.com and check the schedules, to see how it is planned at this time, though the aircraft can change as close in as just a month or a few before departure.
Or like with me... a life-long wait to finally fly on the 747 and even had upper deck business class seats... Delta screwed me and did an equipment change the MORNING OF THE FLIGHT. Horrible.
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 8:04 am
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Originally Posted by Xeno
I just got off AMS-DTW. My only complaint is that this is such a short flight!

The Captain let me take a photo in his seat and an FA decided to make the flight memorable for me considering I have only one more 744 secured booked.

My favorite seat on my favorite aircraft. How sad to see this come to an end.
How did the FA make the flight memorable? inquiring minds want to know.
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 8:33 am
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Originally Posted by MikeyZBT
Or like with me... a life-long wait to finally fly on the 747 and even had upper deck business class seats... Delta screwed me and did an equipment change the MORNING OF THE FLIGHT. Horrible.
I'm in a similar situation with my first 747 flight coming up and have the same fear of a last minute equip. swap. Out of curiosity - what route did this happen to you on?
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 8:45 am
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747 ops have been borderline disaster lately. Last weekend, (Thurs/Fri), 3 were out of service at one point. DTW-AMS, AMS-DTW, AMS-DTW, DTW-CDG, PVG-DTW, DTW-ICN were all either cancelled or had equipment subbed.
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 9:02 am
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Not the kind of news that encourages me to upfare a few $1000 just to ride the 744 UD one more time.

I did make AMS-DTW on Monday and have PVG-DTW booked for October but the next trip with possible 747s costs much more than alternate routing.
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Old Aug 28, 2015, 11:04 am
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Originally Posted by jrkmsp
FYI: 744 will operate Sept. 12 AMS-MSP-AMS.
September 12th outbound and returning on the 13th? IIRC this is a Saturday and Sunday.
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Old Sep 1, 2015, 11:14 am
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Originally Posted by clr4t8koff
I'm in a similar situation with my first 747 flight coming up and have the same fear of a last minute equip. swap. Out of curiosity - what route did this happen to you on?
ATL-AMS, Flight 72. It happened because of the two 747s need repairs in a week. One was the one in Asia with the Hail Storm and the other was the one in SNN that had the false alarm in the baggage hold. Such a sad thing to have that dream dashed just hours before and Delta be so "whatever, tough sh-t" about it.
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Old Sep 1, 2015, 12:05 pm
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Originally Posted by MikeyZBT
and Delta be so "whatever, tough sh-t" about it.
With 15% of the fleet out of service, what do you expect DL to do? DL is in the business of transporting people from A to B, not in the business of providing unique aviation hobbyist excursions. If DL substituted an aircraft and was able to execute the schedule, DL did the right thing for the most people.
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Be that as it may, for those who consider the 744 J product their favorite DL hard product, one's sense of disappointment is understandable in such circumstances. This reaction ultimately reflects favorably on what DL was able to achieve with a product they now chose to discard.
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