DL747400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 193 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 9 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 15147 times:
Just got my ticket! Woo-Hoo! Are any other NW or DL folks planning to take the flight?
From the employee site:
Northwest/Delta employees and retirees will be able to participate in the Boeing farewell celebration next month for the 747-200, which has been in service for more than 40 years.
NW has arranged a special charter flight as a tribute to the 747-200 retirement celebration at Boeing’s Museum of Flight in Seattle. Ship 6624, one of the last passenger Boeing 747-200s in the pre-merger Northwest fleet, will depart from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Seattle on Oct. 2 at 5:00pm for the retirement celebration the next day in SEA. The return flight will depart SEA at 10:00am on Sunday morning Oct. 4 bound for MSP. Coach seats on the charter flight will be available for the first 350 active or retired employees who purchase a $40 event ticket on the retirement party Web site, which can be accessed via DeltaNet or via Radar.
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5381 posts, RR: 11 Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 14883 times:
So, what happens to the plane afterward? Is it going to the museum, or simply to the scrapman?
Wish it could be preserved. I take that back- I WISH it could go on flying; I'd SETTLE for it being preserved.
Jetjack74 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 7338 posts, RR: 52 Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5638 times:
I'll be working the event at one of the displays except onboard the aircraft as i'm non-current at present. But i'll be working there probably for the Friday when the aircraft arrives at BFI and the Saturday event
Quoting FlyDeltaJets87 (Reply 10): I won't be on the flight but I will be at the ceremony in Seattle on Saturday. Former A.netter FlyNavy is a DL employee and is sponsoring me to go. He and I will be there.
DL747400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 193 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5110 times:
Yes, Ship 102's farewell tour was called "Bringing the Spirit Home."
DL has a long history of honoring aircraft when retiring the last of a type from service. I can recall similar events (both revenue and non-revenue) for the last DC-8, DC9, DC-10, 727, 767-200 and L-1011.
Interestingly, the DC-10 has been retired twice (original DL DC-10's retired in the 1970's and then the ex-Western DC-10s retired in the late 1980's. Now the 747 will also be retired twice (or 3 times depending on whether you count the 742 and 744 separately).
C5LOAD From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 917 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4896 times:
Quoting DL747400 (Reply 17): Interestingly, the DC-10 has been retired twice (original DL DC-10's retired in the 1970's and then the ex-Western DC-10s retired in the late 1980's. Now the 747 will also be retired twice (or 3 times depending on whether you count the 742 and 744 separately).
And when the time comes (hopefully not for a loooooong time) the DC-9 will be retired twice as well.
"But this airplane has 4 engines, it's an entirely different kind of flying! Altogether"
NWA757300 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 298 posts, RR: 2 Reply 22, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4135 times:
I just finished a charter from NUE on 6624, thursday morning. The aircraft will continue to fly until the end of November and then be officially retired. Two 747-400 will then be transferred to the charter ops for MAC charters.
Cvg2lga From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 595 posts, RR: 1 Reply 24, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3962 times:
Hey Jetjack74, nice pics. I was on the flight into BFI. Man the whole plane was alive, people moving everywhere and talking to everyone. What a thril.l I went from tail to nose. Upstairs even, on that famed spiral staircase. Hope to catch you tommorrow. I know about you said you'll be there. Are you riding out on the 742 Sunday by chance?
They don't call em' emergencies anymore. They call em' Patronies.
25 Alexchao: I happened to drive past Boeing Field yesterday, and I caught a photo of the beautiful airplane. Now I know why it was there... http://twitpic.com/k3o
26 Par13del: This is why we can be glad that in the last govt. stimulus no airlines received any funds, imagine the noise if they had and this "trip" became public
27 Transpac787: Considering it wasn't executive bonuses or wasteful spending, I doubt there would be any outrage over it... It was a public event for employee morale
28 FlyDeltaJets87: Nice pics. I'll get some of mine up tomorrow if I get a chance. I just got home from flying across the country all day. PS: It was great meeting you
29 Airportguy: This was a great finish to the trip
30 Cessna172RG: I was there on Saturday for the event, did the plane tour, talked to a lot of great people. Makes me wish that I want to work for NWA. I've flown on 6
31 Airbuske: You know like most people, ever since I was a kid, I was always fascinated by the B747. It's sheer size and ability to fly 350+ pax for 16+ hours real
32 Rbgso: Great pics.... I know it's a fairly generic 747 approach, but strangely, she seemed to look quite proud on final. She will be missed. Congrats on many
33 Jetjack74: Yes Phil, it was great meeting you guys there as well. Glad you guys had a great time.
34 FlyDeltaJets87: The 747-200 on the ramp Some of the volunteers posing for a shots on the boarding stairs Me on the boarding stairs Cockpit Y-Class F-Class in the Nos
35 NWAdeicer: Just out of curiosity, how full was the flight?
36 Gunsontheroof: I think it's really great that NW did this for their employees--the shots of Mt. Rainier are amazing! I will miss these aircraft when they're gone. I
37 Airbuske: Outbound was pretty full ~ 400 pax. Inbound was lighter ~ 330 pax.