United Airlines’ final 747 flight will take place next month. It will also mark the final day a 747 operates scheduled passenger service for a U.S. airline. In anticipation of the historic occasion, United has created a very nifty video honoring the 747.
The video traces back the 747’s history to Boeing’s announcement in 1966. A timeline charts historic 747 moments over the years, focusing on Continental and United in particularly.
Did you know that Continental actually flew the 747 before United? Less than a month before United’s first 747 flight from San Francisco to Honolulu on July 23, 1970, Continental made its first 747 flight from Chicago to Los Angeles to Honolulu.
It is an interesting deference to legacy United that the final flight will be a re-creation of United’s first flight, even though Continental flew it first…
Here is the 6-minute documentary video:
I love some of the stories on here and I do not doubt the sincerity of the FAs who asserted that the 747 became a second home to them. Even as the four-engine 747 (arguably) no longer makes sense in the world of efficient 777-300ERs and 787s, the aircraft evokes many happy memories.
Not just concerning the aircraft itself, but for the places it took us and the people it connected us to.
Travel Skills also writes about this.
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