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The big picture: Delta’s B747 takes final flight

5 Jan 2018 by Mark Caswell
Delta celebrates final flight of its B747-400 aircraft

Delta has retired the last of its B747-400 aircraft, with the carrier’s last jumbo flying to the Pinal Air Park “boneyard” in the Arizona desert.

The special passenger service saw a Delta pilot and flight attendant get married at 35,000 feet.

Delta celebrates final flight of its B747-400 aircraft

The couple had met nine year previously on the upper deck of a B747-400 when it was flying US troops to Kuwait.

The flight – which had 48 passengers on board – was also the final B747 jumbo service by a US carrier.

Delta celebrates final flight of its B747-400 aircraft

United Airlines recently retired its last B747 aircraft with a final passenger service between San Francisco and Honolulu, the same route flown by the carrier’s first jumbo in 1970.

The carrier also auctioned off items from its jumbo aircraft including passenger seats and altimeters, with proceeds going to non-profit organisation Air Camp.

For a look at other airlines in the process of retiring their B747 jumbos, click here.

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