United is retiring its 747-400 fleet this autumn. While I’m hearing rumors of a farewell domestic tour, nothing has been confirmed yet and the final flight is still scheduled from Seoul to San Francisco on October 29, 2017. But the 747 is making a rare domestic appearance this Friday from Chicago to San Francisco. It’s not too late to secure a seat on the Queen of the Skies.
Tomorrow, United Flight 2704 will depart Chicago (ORD) at 6:30 p.m. CT and arrive into SFO at 8:51 p.m. PT. The cost of this flight varies based upon final destination, but is $264 if just purchasing the non-stop:
Business and first class are sold out, but most of the economy class cabin is empty.
Notice the flight number, four digits and starting with two. This is a special flight. In fact, the flight was originally scheduled as a “ferry flight” without passengers simply to move the aircraft to SFO. Thankfully, someone at United saw this as a great opportunity and made it a revenue flight.
As of now, the final flight scheduled flight remains–
Oct 29, 2017
Seoul, KR (ICN – Incheon) to San Francisco, CA, US (SFO)
5:05 pm – 11:35 am (10h 30m)
UA 892 | Boeing 747-400
Still, the retirement of this aircraft is a big deal and I have to imagine that United will be looking into something a bit more special than Seoul to San Francisco to retire its once-flagship aircraft.