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Official: Final United Boeing 747 Flight Was SFO-HNL on 7 Nov 2017 {SOLD OUT}

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"Friend Ship" Will Recreate the Journey of the First United 747 Flight from 1970

United's final international 747 flight from Seoul to San Francisco departs October 29

CHICAGO, Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of United Airlines retiring the Boeing 747 from its fleet, United flight 747, on Tuesday, Nov. 7 from San Francisco to Honolulu will be the airline's farewell flight to the 747 fleet.

This journey will serve as the ultimate throwback for customers, employees and invited guests as it recreates the first 747 flight operated by United in 1970. From a 1970s-inspired menu to retro uniforms for flight attendants to inflight entertainment befitting of that first flight, passengers will help send the Queen of the Skies off in true style. The original United 747 aircraft that first made this journey from San Francisco to Honolulu was named the "Friend Ship," the same name bestowed on this farewell flight.

Seats on this special, one-way trip, United flight 747, are available for purchase now at united.com or through the United app. The seats in the upper deck will not be sold, giving all guests the opportunity to spend time in this iconic space.

Customers seated in United Polaris first class and United Polaris business class will be entered into a drawing that will take place at the gate prior to boarding for an opportunity to occupy one of a select number of seats in the upper deck during the flight.

The journey will begin with a gate celebration at 9 a.m. local time at San Francisco International Airport, featuring a Boeing 747 gallery, remarks from United employees and executives, as well as refreshments. The flight will depart San Francisco International Airport at 11 a.m. local time, landing at Honolulu International Airport at 2:45 p.m. local time. Upon landing in Honolulu, local employees will welcome the aircraft with final festivities to close out the historic day. Customers and fans of the Queen of the Skies are encouraged to use the #UA747Farewell hashtag in social media posts.
United and the Boeing 747 through the Years

April 13, 1966: Boeing announces it will build a 490-passenger 747 transport. Construction is set to begin in June on a new plant in Everett, Washington.

January 3, 1967: The first production workers for the 747 program arrive in Everett. The 50,000 who would produce the world's largest civilian airplane were known as The Incredibles, and they earned the label by bringing the Jumbo Jet dream to reality in only 16 months.

September 30, 1968: The first Boeing 747-100, City of Everett, is rolled out at their Washington plant, painted with the insignias of the 27 airlines that had already ordered the aircraft including United.

February 9, 1969: The Boeing 747-100 makes its first flight.

January 21, 1970: The Boeing 747 makes its first commercial flight from New York to London for Pan American World Airways.

June 26, 1970: Continental Airlines becomes one of the first carriers to put the Boeing 747 into U.S. domestic service, flying from Chicago to Los Angeles and onward to Honolulu.

June 26, 1970: United Airlines receives its first Boeing 747-100 complete with a christening ceremony fit for a luxury liner.

July 23, 1970: United makes its first Boeing 747 commercial flight, with a trip from San Francisco to Honolulu.

January 1977: A modified Boeing 747-100 is delivered to NASA to serve as a carrier vehicle for the Space Shuttle.

April 22, 1985: United announces its plan to acquire Pan Am's Pacific routes, as well as 11 Boeing 747SP planes. The 747SPs feature a 48-foot-shorter body and fly higher, faster, and farther than standard 747 models.

January 29-30, 1988: Friendship One, a Boeing 747SP owned by United Airlines, sets the around-the-world air speed record of 36 hours, 54 minutes, and 15 seconds. This special flight raises $500,000 for children's charities through the Friendship Foundation. Tickets cost a minimum of $5,000, and special guest passengers included astronaut Neil Armstrong, famed test pilots Bob Hoover and Lieutenant General Laurence C. Craigie, and Moya Lear, the widow of Lear Jet founder Bill Lear.

June, 1989: United Airlines receives their first Boeing 747-400 which provides increased range.

August 23, 1990: The first of two modified Boeing 747-200Bs is delivered to the Air Force for presidential transport. Better known as Air Force One, these planes still serve the president today, having replaced the Boeing 707-320Bs that had served as the presidential aircraft for almost 30 years.

September 1996: A 747SP previously flown by United is transformed into NASA's SOFIA, or Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, which carries a 17-ton, 8-foot-wide infrared telescope mounted behind an enormous sliding door.

June 28, 2014: Boeing delivers the 1,500th 747 to come off the production line. The 747 aircraft is the world's first wide-body airplane in history to reach the 1,500 production units milestone.

January 11, 2017: United announces that it will retire the Boeing 747-400 fleet in the last quarter of 2017.

July 28, 2017: United schedules a special domestic flight from Chicago O'Hare to San Francisco to allow more people to say farewell to the Queen of the Skies.

October 29, 2017: United flies its last international 747 flight from Seoul to San Francisco.

November 7, 2017: United celebrates the retirement of the Boeing 747 with a fitting full-circle moment. A special retro event sees the aircraft flying from San Francisco to Honolulu—a nod to its first-ever flight back in 1970.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 10:20 pm
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Originally Posted by In The 216 View Post
Weather was approaching minimums for CAT I. I doubt the flight crew wanted to be playing around with an intentional missed approach with the weather going south.
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PHNL 080105Z 11008KT 10SM -RA BKN025 OVC055 25/21 A2996

The request seemed to come pretty late in the game too.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 10:23 pm
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Anything of note in the gate area after deplaning? And how long did folks linger on board?
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Old Nov 7, 17, 10:33 pm
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Originally Posted by eng3 View Post
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PHNL 080105Z 11008KT 10SM -RA BKN025 OVC055 25/21 A2996

The request seemed to come pretty late in the game too.
Pilot reported breaking out and acquiring the runway environment at 300 feet. DH is 200 so regardless of the METAR at 0105Z, the weather at landing was approaching minimums. Not saying it was going to stick around long but nonetheless.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 10:50 pm
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When I was in the cockpit waiting for my picture in the left seat, another person asked the Captain about it. He said with the 1 hour delay (engines idling on the taxiway the entire time) and faster speed to make up time, he didn’t want to go around because of fuel.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 11:01 pm
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I can't find this anywhere and sorry if it's already been answered...

But what is happening to the final 747 in HNL? I can't find a way to track it...
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Old Nov 7, 17, 11:05 pm
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Originally Posted by CObigtimefan View Post
I can't find this anywhere and sorry if it's already been answered...

But what is happening to the final 747 in HNL? I can't find a way to track it...
My understanding is that it goes to SFO tomorrow and VCV later in the week.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 11:06 pm
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Just listened to ATC, it was nice that they requested the detour to the golden gate before going out west. I assume that's why they requested that turn.
It was. Notice they also requested to stay as low as possible (MVA = minimum vectoring altitude) over SF.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 11:17 pm
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Just watched United's Instagram story. A couple got engaged on the the upper deck. There's a story to tell.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 11:18 pm
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Originally Posted by uastarflyer View Post
Anything of note in the gate area after deplaning? And how long did folks linger on board?
There were a couple giving speeches, including I believe the governor. There was cake and fruit punch, some media, nothing too exciting. I was able to visit the cockpit and be off the plane around 3:45 local time, about a half hour after we got to the gate. With the line there was, at least another 45 minutes.

With my first time being in HNL, I was kind of confused at first where our location was in relevenace to everything else. I didn’t realize at first that I would stay sterile upon leaving the gate (open air airport to me is more like LGB).

Lots of people didn’t linger due to having very tight connections on UA and HA.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 11:19 pm
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Who's hanging out in the UC right now?
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Old Nov 7, 17, 11:33 pm
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Originally Posted by JHake10 View Post
Just watched United's Instagram story. A couple got engaged on the the upper deck. There's a story to tell.
At the end of the flight, UA also announced they’re gonna cover the couples honeymoon flights
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Old Nov 7, 17, 11:36 pm
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Originally Posted by JHake10 View Post
Just watched United's Instagram story. A couple got engaged on the the upper deck. There's a story to tell.
Not quite. They were in 34F&G. Sean and Christina. I watched it unfold.
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Old Nov 7, 17, 11:49 pm
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I was upstairs when he knelt and popped the question!
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Old Nov 8, 17, 1:37 am
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Originally Posted by Repooc17 View Post
I was upstairs when he knelt and popped the question!
Interesting. I was there when he knelt in the aisle right at the seats they flew in. They did it twice? There were many UA Execs stopping by their seats after the fact, plus their video guy and one legitimate press guy came back to interview them at their seats.

I guess someone thought it would be better PR to do it on the upper deck too. That saddens me.
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Old Nov 8, 17, 1:44 am
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What was the aircraft registration number? Was it the same 747 that did the Seoul -SFO flight October 29?
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