United Accelerates Boeing 747 Retirement to End of 2017
United Airlines, which originally had announced it would retire its Boeing 747 jumbo jet fleet by the end of 2018, now plans to operate its last 747 flight at the end of 2017.
The move was announced in a letter to employees from Scott Kirby, the airline’s new president.
Noting that the Queen of the Skies represented “state-of-the-art” air travel when it was introduced, he wrote that there are now more efficient and cost-effective wide-body jets that the airline has available for long-haul flights.
United introduced the 747 to its fleet in 1970, when it operated the aircraft between California and Hawaii.
The airline said it plans “an unforgettable retirement celebration” for the plane at the end of the year.
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