Want to fly on a Boeing 747 on United or Delta? Better hurry

Airlines are retiring their Boeing 747s. Photo: United Airlines

Airlines are retiring their Boeing 747s. Photo: United Airlines

The era of the jumbo jet is closing quickly. 

I learned recently that United Airlines plans to retire three Boeing 747s between now and next July. I'm pretty sure that will leave United with 20 models of the iconic jet. They'll still be around for a few years, probably until United's A350s arrive from Airbus, but I expect the numbers will continue to decline. 

The only other U.S carrier to fly the 747 is Delta. I believe Delta is now flying 14 of the jets, and according to Bloomberg, it plans to retire all of them by 2017. 

I'm less familiar with Delta's schedule, but if you want to ride on one of United's 747s next spring, you should book one of these routes. This is the tentative schedule for March 2016: 

Chicago

  • Shanghai
  • Tokyo

San Francisco

  • Frankfurt
  • Shanghai
  • Seoul
  • London
  • Tokyo
  • Beijing
  • Hong Kong

Honoulu

  • Tokyo