United Airlines has announced the moving of the last scheduled Boeing 747-400 flight, slated for the last quarter of this year. As stated in the past, the original phase-out was initially scheduled for 2018.
“Today, there are more fuel-efficient, cost-effective and reliable widebody aircraft that provide an updated in-flight experiences for our customers traveling on long-haul flights. For these reasons, we’re saying farewell to the Queen of the Skies, which has been part of our fleet since we first flew the aircraft between California and Hawaii in 1970” said Scott Kirby, President, United Airlines.
Now with the new Boeing 777-300ERs and A350-1000s being introduced into the fleet, the Boeing 747-400 is no longer a cost-effective solution for United’s long-haul routes.
United currently operates 20 Boeing 747-400 aircraft on routes to various cities from the carrier’s San Francisco hub.