Delta has been planning the retirement of their 747 fleet for sometime. But today’s announcement on their earnings call indicates an acceleration of the time line to 2017. If you’re a fan of this aircraft type, and a Delta flyer, you should consider the retirement schedule for your upcoming trips.
Delta only has 16 747-400’s left in their fleet. And the 747 is dwindling in numbers at all airlines worldwide. Only a few airlines have ordered the newer 747-8I including Lufthansa, Air China, and Korean. It will be sad to see fewer “Queen of the Skies” around most airports over the coming decade.
Would you go out of your way to fly Delta’s 747 in the next couple of years? What’s your favorite aircraft type?