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Be the first to board United 747 farewell flight

Say goodbye to an icon, United's 747 "Friend Ship"

Be the first to board United 747 farewell flight

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Travel dates: Tuesday, November 7 to Thursday, November 9, 2017

United Airlines and MileagePlus Exclusives® is offering you a rare opportunity to take a flight back in time. Here’s your chance to be the first customer to board United’s famed 747 “Friend Ship” as she makes her final United Airlines revenue flight.

Join us as we celebrate the retirement of “The Queen of the Skies" on Tuesday, November 7th as she takes her last United Airlines revenue flight from San Francisco International airport to Honolulu International Airport. Since her debut in 1970 - this “Jumbo Jet” has reigned unchallenged as the most famous and successful aircraft of all time and we are sending her out in style.

The original United 747 aircraft that first made this journey from San Francisco to Honolulu was named the "Friend Ship," the same name bestowed on this farewell flight. Her last journey will serve as the ultimate retro throwback as we recreate that first 747 flight operated by United in 1970 including a 1970's-inspired menu to retro uniforms for flight attendants to inflight entertainment befitting of that first flight.

For this experience, we'll fly you and your guest from your home to San Francisco on Monday, November 6th and put you up in a hotel so you'll be ready for the festivities on Tuesday, November 7th. Tuesday will begin with a gate celebration at 9:00 a.m. local time at SFO, featuring Boeing 747 gallery, remarks from United employees and executives, as well as refreshments. You and your guest will go down in history as the first customers to board the United 747 farewell flight before it departs SFO at 11:00 a.m. local time, landing in HNL at 2:45 p.m. local time. Upon landing in HNL, local employees will welcome the aircraft with final festivities to close out the historic day.

The fun doesn't end there. You and your guest will then enjoy two more days in Honolulu and we'll fly you both home on Thursday, November 9th.

Bid now and join us to say farewell to United 747 "Friend Ship" and be a part of history.


This experience includes:

  • United Economy® domestic airfare for two to SFO on Monday, November 6, 2017 from anywhere in the 48 domestic U.S.+ Alaska*
  • Hotel accommodations for one night at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, Burlingame
    • Check in: Monday, November 6, 2017
    • Check out: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
  • First customers to board the last flight of Boeing 747 "The Queen of the Skies"*
    • United Economy® airfare for two to HNL on the last flight of Boeing 747 “The Queen of the Skies” from SFO to HNL on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 
      • Departs SFO at 11:00 a.m. (time is subject to change)
      • Lands in HNL at 2:45 p.m. (time is subject to change)
  • $100 gift card toward ground transportation
  • Hotel accommodations for two nights at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach, Honolulu
    • Check in: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
    • Check out: Thursday, November 9, 2017
  • United Economy® domestic airfare for two from HNL to member’s local airport within the 48 states + Alaska*
  • One commemorative piece of a Boeing 747 “Queen of the Skies” plane that will be delivered to your home


*There is no option to upgrade to Premium or EconomyPlus on this special flight. 

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Do you offer refunds?

No, all purchases are non-refundable


How can I cancel?

All purchases are non-refundable – no cancellation


What additional charges might I incur?

Transportation to/from the United Training Center


Can I give this event as a gift?

Yes. MileagePlus program member must provide name of recipient and/or guests in the check-out form. 


Can I bring a child?

The minimum age for this event is 12.


What should I wear?

We recommend wearing comfortable shoes. We also recommend wearing pants and socks if you wish to go down the emergency slide.


What do I need to bring?

You will need to bring a US Government issued ID or a foreign passport to clear security.


Where does the event take place?

The event takes place at United's Training Center in Denver. We will provide detailed directions upon purchase.



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