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Fly On a 747 [for an hour] Without Crossing the Ocean

As most airlines around the world have begun parking the iconic Boeing 747 as they take delivery of newer, more fuel-efficient aircraft, you may be looking for an opportunity to take a ride on the “Queen of the Skies” before they are all retired for good. Usually this would involve a ticket to a far-off destination in Europe or Asia, costing you potentially thousands of dollars. However, once in a while an opportunity comes along in which you can experience THE jumbo jet without leaving the United States. One such opportunity will come tomorrow, February 17th. Delta Air Lines will be operating a one-off flight between Detroit (DTW) and Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) as the B747-400 replaces the Airbus A319 on the 526 mile trip. The flight number is DL52. Flights like this only come along when there is a need to reposition an aircraft. In this case, the aircraft operated some sort of charter flight from Texas to Detroit and needs to get to Minneapolis. I realize that for most people it isn’t reasonable to book a trip this last-minute, but if you have been waiting for an opportunity to fly the B747, here is your chance. As of right now, the flight is wide open. Due to the wicked winter weather occurring all over the country right now, you may be able to reroute on this flight if your original one has been cancelled, delayed, changed, etc. If not, it’s just cool to see the B747 acting as a regional once in a while. Either way, 120 or so lucky passengers will be surprised with the 1-hour flight of their life when they show up and see this monster at the gate. You can track the flight on flightaware.com here: http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL52/history/20150217/1335Z/KDTW/KMSP What's the shortest widebody flight you've ever been on?
Screenshot of the flight status from delta.com

Screenshot of the flight status from delta.com

A pair of Delta B747-400s at Tokyo Narita - Photo by Kyle Dunst

A pair of Delta B747-400s at Tokyo Narita - Photo by Kyle Dunst


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About Kyle

I am a recent college graduate with a degree in Aviation Management. I spend my time as an airline industry professional, private pilot, blogger and world traveler. I have visited 36 countries to date and don't plan on slowing down. This blog is my way of sharing the latest developments in the airline industry as well as experiences from my world travels. All views and opinions are strictly my own.

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