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United Airlines ‘Royal Hawaiian’ Friend Ship Final 747 Flight – San Francisco-Honolulu – Review

United Airlines’ final Boeing 747 flight was to be very much like its first. On July 23, 1970, a Boeing 747-100, the Friend Ship, left San Francisco destined for Honolulu, offering the airline’s vaunted Royal Hawaiian service on board.
Although Flight 747 was scheduled to depart at 11 a.m. local time, I had to get up early to prepare. In addition to United’s plans to recreate 1970s menus and uniforms, most …

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

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 …

History in the Making: United Airlines Final Boeing 747 Flight Takes Off

SOMEWHERE OVER THE PACIFIC—Since its launch in 1970, over 1,500 Boeing 747 Jumbo Jets have graced the skies. Today, November 7, 2017, United Airlines, one of the two remaining U.S. carriers flying the graceful airliner, operated its final 747 flight, from San Francisco to Honolulu, recreating its inaugural 747 flight over the same route on July 23, 1970. This report is being published live from onboard the final flight.
“Flying to …

Alaska Airlines to Operate San Francisco-New Orleans Route

Alaska Airlines to Operate San Francisco-New Orleans Route

Alaska Airlines announced the launch of new daily service between San Francisco and New Orleans. The flights will be operated by Virgin America’s Airbus A320 aircraft.
Flights will depart San Francisco International Airport at 8:48 a.m. and arrive at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport at 3:03 p.m. From New Orleans, flights are scheduled to depart at 4 p.m. and arrive in San Francisco at 6:30 p.m.
Virgin America’s A320s are equipped …

United Airlines Announces Final 747 Flight, Recreating Its First 747 Route from San Francisco to Hawaii

United Airlines Announces Final 747 Flight, Recreating Its First 747 Route from San Francisco to Hawaii

United Airlines, which previously announced plans to retire the Boeing 747 from its fleet, offered details about the iconic aircraft’s final flight.
The last 747 flight, which will take place on November 7, will be a recreation of the first 747 flight operated by the airline in 1970 from San Francisco to Honolulu. United is going all out with a 1970s-inspired menu, retro United uniforms for flight attendants, to inflight entertainment …

United to Launch New Summer Service to Porto, Reykjavik, Zurich, Edinburgh

United to Launch New Summer Service to Porto, Reykjavik, Zurich, Edinburgh

United Airlines announced that it will add four new daily routes to Europe as part of its summer seasonal schedule next year. The carrier will begin flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to Porto, Portugal, and Reykjavik, Iceland, as well as establishing San Francisco-Zurich, Switzerland, and Washington, D.C.-Edinburgh, Scotland, service.
Flights to Porto Airport will depart Newark Liberty at 9:45 p.m. and arrive at 9:50 a.m. the next morning. Return flights …

Alaska Airlines Begins Mexico City Flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles

Alaska Airlines Begins Mexico City Flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles

Alaska Airlines announced the launch of new service to Mexico City from both San Francisco and Los Angeles. The carrier will operate both routes daily, and will add a second daily Los Angeles-Mexico City flight on November 6.
Flights from San Francisco will depart San Francisco International Airport at 9:55 a.m. and arrive at Benito Juarez International Airport at 4:20 p.m. From Mexico City, flights are scheduled to depart at 3:15 …