United Airlines (UAL) cabin crew in retro uniform for the farewell flight of the Queen of the Skies, the Boeing B747
SAN FRANCISCO: United Airlines (UAL) has officially bid farewell to the Queen of the Skies, the Boeing B747. The airline recreated the first B747 flight operated by United in 1970, for the November 8 historic farewell journey.
Flight UA747 departed from San Francisco with service to Honolulu with more than 300 customers, employees and guests onboard.
With a 1970s-inspired menu to retro uniforms for flight attendants to in-flight entertainment befitting of that first flight, seats for the flight sold out in less than 90 minutes when the farewell celebration was announced in September.
"The iconic B747 is a remarkably special aircraft that signaled a new era of air travel and was equally recognisable and beloved by our customers and crew alike," said Oscar Munoz, CEO, United.
"While today is bittersweet, we'll continue to honour the Queen of the Skies' game-changing legacy of connecting people and uniting the world with our next-generation of long-haul aircraft."
The send-off began November morning at SFO with a gate party featuring a B747 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 welcomed the aircraft with final festivities to close out the historic day, including remarks from Henry J.C. Aquino, Hawaii State Representative and United leaders