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Official: Final United Boeing 747 Flight Was SFO-HNL on 7 Nov 2017 {SOLD OUT}

Official: Final United Boeing 747 Flight Was SFO-HNL on 7 Nov 2017 {SOLD OUT}

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"Friend Ship" Will Recreate the Journey of the First United 747 Flight from 1970

United's final international 747 flight from Seoul to San Francisco departs October 29

CHICAGO, Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of United Airlines retiring the Boeing 747 from its fleet, United flight 747, on Tuesday, Nov. 7 from San Francisco to Honolulu will be the airline's farewell flight to the 747 fleet.

This journey will serve as the ultimate throwback for customers, employees and invited guests as it recreates the first 747 flight operated by United in 1970. From a 1970s-inspired menu to retro uniforms for flight attendants to inflight entertainment befitting of that first flight, passengers will help send the Queen of the Skies off in true style. The original United 747 aircraft that first made this journey from San Francisco to Honolulu was named the "Friend Ship," the same name bestowed on this farewell flight.

Seats on this special, one-way trip, United flight 747, are available for purchase now at united.com or through the United app. The seats in the upper deck will not be sold, giving all guests the opportunity to spend time in this iconic space.

Customers seated in United Polaris first class and United Polaris business class will be entered into a drawing that will take place at the gate prior to boarding for an opportunity to occupy one of a select number of seats in the upper deck during the flight.

The journey will begin with a gate celebration at 9 a.m. local time at San Francisco International Airport, featuring a Boeing 747 gallery, remarks from United employees and executives, as well as refreshments. The flight will depart San Francisco International Airport at 11 a.m. local time, landing at Honolulu International Airport at 2:45 p.m. local time. Upon landing in Honolulu, local employees will welcome the aircraft with final festivities to close out the historic day. Customers and fans of the Queen of the Skies are encouraged to use the #UA747Farewell hashtag in social media posts.
United and the Boeing 747 through the Years

April 13, 1966: Boeing announces it will build a 490-passenger 747 transport. Construction is set to begin in June on a new plant in Everett, Washington.

January 3, 1967: The first production workers for the 747 program arrive in Everett. The 50,000 who would produce the world's largest civilian airplane were known as The Incredibles, and they earned the label by bringing the Jumbo Jet dream to reality in only 16 months.

September 30, 1968: The first Boeing 747-100, City of Everett, is rolled out at their Washington plant, painted with the insignias of the 27 airlines that had already ordered the aircraft including United.

February 9, 1969: The Boeing 747-100 makes its first flight.

January 21, 1970: The Boeing 747 makes its first commercial flight from New York to London for Pan American World Airways.

June 26, 1970: Continental Airlines becomes one of the first carriers to put the Boeing 747 into U.S. domestic service, flying from Chicago to Los Angeles and onward to Honolulu.

June 26, 1970: United Airlines receives its first Boeing 747-100 complete with a christening ceremony fit for a luxury liner.

July 23, 1970: United makes its first Boeing 747 commercial flight, with a trip from San Francisco to Honolulu.

January 1977: A modified Boeing 747-100 is delivered to NASA to serve as a carrier vehicle for the Space Shuttle.

April 22, 1985: United announces its plan to acquire Pan Am's Pacific routes, as well as 11 Boeing 747SP planes. The 747SPs feature a 48-foot-shorter body and fly higher, faster, and farther than standard 747 models.

January 29-30, 1988: Friendship One, a Boeing 747SP owned by United Airlines, sets the around-the-world air speed record of 36 hours, 54 minutes, and 15 seconds. This special flight raises $500,000 for children's charities through the Friendship Foundation. Tickets cost a minimum of $5,000, and special guest passengers included astronaut Neil Armstrong, famed test pilots Bob Hoover and Lieutenant General Laurence C. Craigie, and Moya Lear, the widow of Lear Jet founder Bill Lear.

June, 1989: United Airlines receives their first Boeing 747-400 which provides increased range.

August 23, 1990: The first of two modified Boeing 747-200Bs is delivered to the Air Force for presidential transport. Better known as Air Force One, these planes still serve the president today, having replaced the Boeing 707-320Bs that had served as the presidential aircraft for almost 30 years.

September 1996: A 747SP previously flown by United is transformed into NASA's SOFIA, or Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, which carries a 17-ton, 8-foot-wide infrared telescope mounted behind an enormous sliding door.

June 28, 2014: Boeing delivers the 1,500th 747 to come off the production line. The 747 aircraft is the world's first wide-body airplane in history to reach the 1,500 production units milestone.

January 11, 2017: United announces that it will retire the Boeing 747-400 fleet in the last quarter of 2017.

July 28, 2017: United schedules a special domestic flight from Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco to allow more people to say farewell to the Queen of the Skies.

October 29, 2017: United flies its last international 747 flight from Seoul to San Francisco.

November 7, 2017: United celebrates the retirement of the Boeing 747 with a fitting full-circle moment. A special retro event sees the aircraft flying from San Francisco to Honoluluóa nod to its first-ever flight back in 1970.
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Old Nov 3, 17, 8:31 pm
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I will be in 70s retro.
Ah - polyester suit, open button down shirt with long side burns? Or flair out bellbottom jeans?

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I'm ashamed to say it, but I went thrifting today for the purpose of this flight
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Ah - polyester suit, open button down shirt with long side burns? Or flair out bellbottom jeans?

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Um, the sideburns would be difficult, as would an open button down shirt...

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I'm ashamed to say it, but I went thrifting today for the purpose of this flight
Awesome! In the 70s, we just went to the Army/Navy store for dungarees. I wish I still had a ridiculous cape sweater for my ensemble.
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Um, the sideburns would be difficult, as would an open button down shirt...
Whoops! Big hair then?

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Whoops! Big hair then?

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Big hair was earlier. 70s was long hair parted in the middle. I can easily do that.
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Since I was at SFO this morning, I asked at Customer Service if they knew which gate would be used on Tuesday. They didnít, but said it would probably be at the end of Terminal 3. Any of those gates could handle a 747 as long as no plane was next to it.

One agent told me the flight is oversold by 33!
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Since I was at SFO this morning, I asked at Customer Service if they knew which gate would be used on Tuesday. They didnít, but said it would probably be at the end of Terminal 3. Any of those gates could handle a 747 as long as no plane was next to it.

One agent told me the flight is oversold by 33!
Sigh, as I reported upthread, I am not able to go. Havenít cancelled yet. Perhaps I will hold out for a VDB online.
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One agent told me the flight is oversold by 33!
Given how carefully UA was controlling the sales on this flight, hard to believe they oversold it...I'm sure they could've filled any empty seats with countless non-revs who would kill for a seat.
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Since I was at SFO this morning, I asked at Customer Service if they knew which gate would be used on Tuesday. They didnít, but said it would probably be at the end of Terminal 3. Any of those gates could handle a 747 as long as no plane was next to it.
There are lower number gates that can handle 747, start with gate 80 which has the best view and the closest to the fuselage, i had boarded way too many 744 flights at gate 80 for SFO-ORD through the years.
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It's not actually oversold, there are just a ton of seats being "held" for whatever reason, so it probably appeared that way to the agent. It is obviously booked at 100% though, which includes all the employees who won the drawing and other United personnel (about 80 in total).

They also aren't allowing people to list for the flight as NRSA right now, for whatever reason. Maybe to just avoid the hassle and extra congestion in the gate area.
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I'm going a bit stir crazy on this wait list . Part of me wants to fly out to SFO and be there Tuesday to test fate....
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One agent told me the flight is oversold by 33!
Well now, besides taking bets on (1) what percent of the flight is in group 1, and (2) what percent of the overhead space goes unused, we can now ponder how high the VDB would compensation go.

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I'm ashamed to say it, but I went thrifting today for the purpose of this flight
I did too! No jackpot, though. I really want to go out again today and hit other sources, but no time. I'll be in the "poor girl, at least she tried" group.

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Well now, besides taking bets on (1) what percent of the flight is in group 1, and (2) what percent of the overhead space goes unused, we can now ponder how high the VDB would compensation go.
Going to go with 65% Group 1. 25% Group 2. Employees + Groups 3-5 make up the rest. Along with a few folks wanting to claim the title as last revenue passenger to board a United 747 . Kind of surprised that wasn't a mileage auction either.

I'm not even going to tempt fate with overhead! I'll probably plan on checking a bag and carry on my backpack under-seat. And if it goes around the belt for an hour in HNL and put in the closet while we are enjoying the arrival festivities, oh well!

My personal VDB amount - GS for life. Oh fine, 5 or 10 years, I'll be reasonable. .....and get me to HNL in F still. I'm celebrating a birthday this week too, I still want to go to HNL regardless haha. I did get the OLCI offer for DEN-SFO today ($200/300/400/other).

Next contest: over/under on the CPU list, and how high/low can we call go. Please, someone get a picture of me standing next to my name on the list while I'm #200 or 300.

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I'm going a bit stir crazy on this wait list . Part of me wants to fly out to SFO and be there Tuesday to test fate....
If didn't get on, I was almost convinced to fly out there just to see the gate party and the final takeoff. Could still be fun!

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I did too! No jackpot, though. I really want to go out again today and hit other sources, but no time. I'll be in the "poor girl, at least she tried" group.
Same category for me, too. Couldn't find a jacket that worked, will go with a blazer I have but did find a cool looking fedora to go along with it.
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Going to go with 65% Group 1. 25% Group 2. Employees + Groups 3-5 make up the rest. Along with a few folks wanting to claim the title as last revenue passenger to board a United 747 . Kind of surprised that wasn't a mileage auction either.

I'm not even going to tempt fate with overhead! I'll probably plan on checking a bag and carry on my backpack under-seat. And if it goes around the belt for an hour in HNL and put in the closet while we are enjoying the arrival festivities, oh well!

My personal VDB amount - GS for life. Oh fine, 5 or 10 years, I'll be reasonable. .....and get me to HNL in F still. I'm celebrating a birthday this week too, I still want to go to HNL regardless haha. I did get the OLCI offer for DEN-SFO today ($200/300/400/other).

Next contest: over/under on the CPU list, and how high/low can we call go. Please, someone get a picture of me standing next to my name on the list while I'm #200 or 300.



If didn't get on, I was almost convinced to fly out there just to see the gate party and the final takeoff. Could still be fun!



Same category for me, too. Couldn't find a jacket that worked, will go with a blazer I have but did find a cool looking fedora to go along with it.
GS for life is what I said I would volunteer for. Iím on an award ticket, so youíll still be above me as a silver :-D. No 70ís stuff for me though, Iíd much rather fly comfortably. Monday is not going to be my most productive day at work.
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Originally Posted by BThumme View Post
GS for life is what I said I would volunteer for. Iím on an award ticket, so youíll still be above me as a silver :-D. No 70ís stuff for me though, Iíd much rather fly comfortably. Monday is not going to be my most productive day at work.
I'd *probably* do it for lifetime GS. I suspect, too, that the flight's not actually overbooked. Waitlisted, yes, overbooked no.

I think I'm going to have to be the sad guy who doesn't dress up. I don't have time to go to a St. Vincent's de Paul, etc. to find something.
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