Photo Essay: United Airlines’ Final Boeing 747 Flight Gives the Queen of the Skies a Royal Sendoff

Shortly after take-off in San Francisco

By Jonathan Spira on 13 November 2017
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United Airlines operated its last ever Boeing 747 passenger flight last week and took passengers back to the 1970s for a memorable experience and non-stop party.

After three hours of festivities at the departure gate, the leisure-suit clad crowd boarded and the real party began. There was a once-in-a-lifetime fly-by of the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco, retro menus from the 70s including delicacies from Trader Vic’s, dry ice erupting volcanoes on the dessert carts, and even a marriage proposal on the plane’s upper deck.

The flight, which commemorated United’s first-ever 747 flight on June 1970 and, like that flight, was from San Francisco to Honolulu, a fitting send-off for the Queen of the Skies.

Here is a look at the final 747 flight in its pictorial splendor.

Finally! After two hours of celebration, boarding begins.

Finally! After two hours of celebration, boarding begins.

Flight attendants serving pre-departure Mai Tais on the historic flight

Flight attendants serving pre-departure Mai Tais on the historic flight

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