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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 8, 17, 12:35 pm
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Originally Posted by runner450 View Post
11 employees returning on this flight HNL-SFO. flight crew consists of both flying pilots from yesterday. tomorrow, one of those pilots will crew the final flight to VCC
Hope there are plenty of tissues for everyone, as I assume there will be a large need if the crew is nostalgic by any stretch.
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Old Nov 8, 17, 12:36 pm
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It's sad Ch9 was broken,
It wasn't active for the departure. It was working on the arrival. I think that was user error, not a broken system.

The FA announcing that it had been removed by maintenance prior to the aircraft retirement was all sorts of .
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Old Nov 8, 17, 12:39 pm
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Originally Posted by zrs70 View Post
My thoughts to those who mentioned they had a one hour turnaround.
Thanks!

I was the 3rd or 4th person off the jetbridge of UA 747 - and one of the last few folks to board HA2 back to LAX. HA closed it up early, and we were 20+ mins early into LAX, which meant that I was home by 11:30 and asleep before midnite. Since I was up at 4am for LAX-SFO, I very much appreciated that (and my upgrade on UA 534 HNL-LAX didn't clear, so I would've been awake in Y all night).
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Originally Posted by COSPILOT View Post
I agree, but I wonder what the price tag would be. Museums typically rely on donations and don't always have the space for something like this. But nothing would be more tragic than seeing this go to the scrap yard. I could probably work with local people for permanent space at the airport, but we would need a gofundme site or something to come up with the purchase price. A tall order if you ask me. I'm not opposed to taking the lead, but would like to see more feedback, as COS would not be a bad location for it, but wouldn't be the most ideal.
Another idea is to make a jumbo hotel out of a decommissioned B747 near an airport. I stayed at one near the Stockholm airport earlier this year.
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Old Nov 8, 17, 12:42 pm
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Originally Posted by sbm12 View Post
The custom menu was really well done, I thought, though the part where they didn't cater the one kosher meal needed was slightly awkward.
They screwed up on my VGML also; I got a bowl with rice, mashed yams, carrots & beans, but no special appetizer. (In C, as you know...)

Great to meet you IRL!
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Originally Posted by buckeyefanflyer View Post
? Still in HNL scheduled to leave in 3 hours at 8:00

Am I missing something. Probably the same cockpit crew
Sorry. Regular rev red-eye flight - 772.
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Nice article in the local paper, including quotes from Tom / @ua1flyer and the newly-engaged couple.

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/1...38b61e853e4c8b
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Where can I find this instagram story?
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Here's another post about the couple

http://liveandletsfly.boardingarea.c...iage-proposal/

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Originally Posted by zrs70 View Post
Would love to know what kind of swag was given out.
Originally Posted by pushmyredbutton View Post
In economy it was a canvas farewell 747 bag with:

pamphlet about the 747
Retro ticket dust jacket with 747 biz card
747 Amenity Tin (big one)
P&W commemorative last flight 'coin'
747 pin
747 farewell pin
little glass coke bottle 'share a coke with #UA747Farewell '
pop rocks
printed final flight menu
Swag was same in C. IDK about F...
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Originally Posted by runner450 View Post
11 employees returning on this flight HNL-SFO. flight crew consists of both flying pilots from yesterday. tomorrow, one of those pilots will crew the final flight to VCC
Anyone at SFO today in a position to see the plane arrive at gate 86 at 3:05pm? That's going to be an odd sight for people in the terminal who heard yesterday was the last flight.

Update: Arrival gate changed to WMOC.

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Originally Posted by COSPILOT View Post
Hope there are plenty of tissues for everyone, as I assume there will be a large need if the crew is nostalgic by any stretch.
I've used plenty of tissues reading through the pages and pages that have been posted on this thread in the past 48 hours.
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Old Nov 8, 17, 3:58 pm
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I've used plenty of tissues reading through the pages and pages that have been posted on this thread in the past 48 hours.
I did too!

I am pleased to see that United did a good job with this.

There is a lot of love for the Queen - and there is still some pride and love for United out there!
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Old Nov 8, 17, 4:05 pm
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UA2796 just landed at SFO.

Thanks to everybody for sharing their photos/video/memories from yesterday. Was a lot of fun to follow along for those who weren't able to be there in person.
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Originally Posted by tarheelnj View Post
Anyone at SFO today in a position to see the plane arrive at gate 86 at 3:05pm? That's going to be an odd sight for people in the terminal who heard yesterday was the last flight.

Update: Arrival gate changed to WMOC.
I wasn't able to leave work to get to the airport, but did get over to a parking structure about 7 miles south of the airport as she was coming in. It's been overcast all day, but even the skies parted a bit in honor of the Queen.
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