Possibly the most iconic passenger jet aircraft, the Boeing 747 will soon take its last commercially-scheduled flight with a US airline.
First introduced to an awestruck flying public in 1968, the world's first jumbo passenger aircraft was a technological wonder and, later, became a beloved and dependable workhorse. Although over 1,500 of the storied aircraft were built by Seattle-based Boeing Aerospace, the final US commercial flight will occur Tuesday, December 19 for a Delta Air Lines Seoul-to-Detroit trip.
Ticket prices quickly soared after nostalgic travelers sought to be aboard the final US-bound commercial flight.
This marks the last time the 747 will be used on a commercial flight with an American carrier, according to news reports.
Boeing will continue to build a few more 747s, but only as freight carriers for select clients who still require something that big.
The two specially-outfitted US presidential Air Force One 747s — on duty since 1990 — will continue, as well.
Boeing vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth said in June that his company, "really doesn't see much demand for really big airplanes," cited by Jalopnik.com