Following the final scheduled flight from Seoul Incheon to Detroit, the Atlanta-based carrier will fly the 747-400 from Detroit to Seattle, Seattle to Atlanta and Atlanta to Minneapolis as part of a farewell tour ending December 20.
Seats on the flights will be open to employees and members of its SkyMiles frequent flier programme. Detroit and Minneapolis were primary hubs for Northwest, which merged with Delta in 2009, and Seattle was a focus city.
Delta plans to operate the 747 on a “handful” of sports team and other charters through the end of December, before flying it to storage in the Arizona desert in early January 2018.
When the tour is over, the last passenger 747 in the USA will exit scheduled service after 47 years. United Airlines, the only other US 747 operator, retired its last of the type earlier in November.