United Airlines Retires Boeing 747 on Domestic Routes

By Paul Riegler on 29 July 2017
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A United 747 touching down at JFK

A United 747 touching down at JFK

With little fanfare, United Airlines operated its last domestic Boeing 747 flight Friday night.

United Flight 2704 had an on-time departure from Chicago O’Hare International Airport at 7:06 p.m. local time and landed at San Francisco International Airport at 8:55 p.m. The flight was under the command of Captain David Smith, whose father had also been a 747 pilot.

The Chicago-based airline originally introduced the 747 to its fleet in 1970, when it operated the aircraft between California and Hawaii.

In January of this year, United, which originally had announced it would retire its Boeing 747 jumbo jet fleet by the end of 2018, said it planned to operate its last 747 flight at the end of 2017. Until then, United will continue to use the aircraft on flights to Europe and Asia.

The airline said that, while the Queen of the skies had represented “state-of-the-art” air travel when it was introduced, there were now more efficient and cost-effective wide-body jets that it has available for long-haul flights.

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