SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — It was a trip down memory lane at San Francisco International Airport.
United Airlines bid a grand farewell to the Boeing 747, nicknamed the Queen of the Skies when it first pressed into service in 1970.
The flight was to Honolulu, and everyone seemed to be in on the sendoff.
Many of customers wore retro costumes and the flight attendants dawned uniforms from the 1970s.
Even the menu onboard was a throwback to what passengers would have been served back then.
Delta is planning its own final 747 flight, slated for some time next year.
Here is the full press release:
United Airlines (UAL) flew – for the final time – a Boeing 747 aircraft, the jumbo jet with the unmistakable silhouette that once represented the state-of-the-art in air travel. Serving as the ultimate throwback, the airline recreated the first 747 flight operated by United in 1970 for today’s historic farewell journey.
Flight UA747 departed from San Francisco with service to Honolulu with more than 300 customers, employees and distinguished guests onboard. From a 1970s-inspired menu to retro uniforms for flight attendants to inflight entertainment befitting of that first flight, the “Queen of the Skies” is being sent off in style. Seats for this flight sold out in less than 90 minutes when this farewell celebration was announced in September.
The send-off began this morning at SFO with a gate party featuring a 747 gallery, 1970s costumes for use in a retro photo booth, a life-size retirement card for customers and employees to sign and of course, cake. Oscar Munoz addressed the crowd alongside State Senator Jerry Hill and executives from Boeing and Pratt & Whitney. Upon landing in Honolulu, local employees will welcome the aircraft with final festivities to close out the historic day, including remarks from United leaders and Hawaii State Representative Henry J.C. Aquino.
• Archival footage of Boeing 747 aircraft
• Customers and employees mingling at gate in San Francisco
• Customers and employees in 1970s-inspired costumes
• Presentation of giant retirement card
• People in photo booth
• Remarks from Oscar Munoz, United Airlines CEO
• Passengers boarding for final flight in San Francisco
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