Here’s Your Last Chance to Fly Delta’s 747

Nov 6, 2017

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Tuesday, both myself and TPG Editor-at-Large Zach Honig will be flying United’s last-ever commercial Boeing 747 flight from San Francisco (SFO) to Honolulu (HNL). While it’s sure to be a fun event, we’re both going to be sad when the flight, and United’s 47-year run with the 747, come to an end.

Now, Delta, the other major US carrier to operate 747s, has shared the dates on which it’ll operate its final flights on the Queen of the Skies. If you want to get on board, you’re going to have to make quite a trek — the final flights will be long-haul international routes, with the first departing the US from Detroit (DTW) bound for Seoul (ICN) on Friday, December 15. The final flight will depart from ICN and arrive in DTW on Sunday, December 17.


Both flights are being sold as regular revenue flights, and tickets are still available if you want to experience Delta’s Queen one last time before the carrier’s new A350 takes over the route. Here’s look at the pricing for the final two long-haul flights:

Delta flight 159 from DTW – ICN on December 15, 2017 will cost you at least $1,736 in economy and will run you $5,379 if you want to experience the final flights in the comfort of a Delta One seat.

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If you’re sitting on a stash of SkyMiles, this could be a great chance to use them — though it won’t come cheap. The one-way flight will run you a staggering 95,000 miles in coach and 200,000 in Delta One. Both tickets also require you to pay $5.60 in taxes and fees.

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The final flight, DL 158 from ICN – DTW on December 17, 2017 is a little cheaper (in coach) at $1,070, though a ticket in the Delta One cabin will run you a steep $6,692.

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A SkyMiles redemption for this flight is much more reasonable than the outbound in coach at just 35,000 one-way, while Delta One will cost you the same 200,000 plus $42 in taxes and fees.

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It remains to be seen what Delta has planned for this final flights, though it’d be great to see the carrier emulate some elements of United’s farewell, which has been extremely popular with employees and passengers alike.

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