Delta to Fully Retire 747 Fleet by the End of 2017
Delta Air Lines said it plans to further accelerate the retirement of its Boeing 747 fleet. It currently operates nine 747-400s and will retire two by the end of the year.
The remaining seven will be retired in 2017.
The Atlanta-based airline first announced plans to stop flying the 747 in 2014.
Delta’s 747 jumbo jets can hold 376 passengers. This includes 48 in business, 14 of which are on the upper deck, 42 in Comfort+, the airline’s premium economy lite section, and 286 standard coach seats.
The first 747 went into service in 1970 with launch customer Pan Am. Delta was a 747 operator in the early 1970s as well, and retired the jumbo jets in 1976. It acquired its current fleet of 747s – a total of 30 including 16 747-400s – as a result of its merger with Northwest Airlines in the first decade of the 21st century.
Last September, Delta retired the first ever Boeing 747-400, tail number N661US, which had been delivered to Northwest Airlines in 1989.
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