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Final United 747 Flight to Re-Enact First Takeoff

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A United Airlines 747 arrives at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 20 September 2017 05:40 AM

The final Boeing 747 passenger flight on United Airlines will take place from San Francisco to Hawaii on Nov. 7 with a specially added farewell flight.

The farewell flight will feature vintage 1970s uniforms for the crew and “1970s-inspired” menu items as well as vintage entertainment choices, USA Today reported. The very first 747 flight in 1970 was also from San Francisco to Honolulu.

According to Forbes, United will also have a party at the flight’s departure gate at San Francisco International. Tickets are already sold out for the flight, with some guests paying as much as $1,958 for business class.

Tickets for the top deck will not be sold, Forbes reported, but will be used as community space so that all passengers can spend a little time there. A few seats will be raffled off to ticket-holders for premium seating as well.

The 747 has flown passengers since 1970, USA Today reported. As of Sept. 18, United had 13 Boeing 747s still in service.

At its peak in 1993, United’s 747 fleet numbered 56, Flight Global reported. United has operated 747s continuously in the U.S. for the longest amount of time. Delta also plans to retire its remaining 747s by the end of 2017.

United will replace its 747s with Boeing 777-300ERs, which will finish being delivered in 2018, Flight Global reported.

Boeing 747s are more commonly used for longer, international flights. The last mainland domestic flight was in July from Chicago to San Francisco, USA Today reported.

Veterans of 747 flights took to Twitter to express their sadness at seeing the plane retired.

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