- My last Delta 747 flight & the frustration with Delta Diamond Global Upgrades
- Delta One 747 Experience Detroit to Japan Narita
- The Wings Lounge Review Manila MNL Airport
- Delta / KLM / Skyteam Partner(ish) Priority Pass Lounge Manila MNL Airport Review
- Skyview Priority Pass Manila Ninoy Aquino MNL Airport Review (while under construction).
- Final Thoughts the end of the Delta 747 (ex Northwest Jets)
It has now been just over 1 year since my final Delta 747 flight and almost a year since Delta parked the last one in the Arizona desert (really cool video btw). How do I feel a year later? I really miss them. A lot. And I am glad I have taken this year to reflect on this grand queen of the skies.
There is something singularly unique about walking upstairs on a 747 and to be on that large an aircraft and be in this tiny cabin just makes me giddy inside. Now in case of an emergency the slide down from the upper deck may have changed this a little – but thankfully that never happened to me.
Now I know there are still other airlines flying the 747 (that have real 1st class) so it is not like I will never have the chance again, if I want to, but it is not the same when it is not Delta (I kinda have a thing about Delta – clearly).
And to never look out a Delta window and see 2 big strong jet engines on the wing is also sad. Sure I get modern jet engines, unlike when the 747 was first created, almost never ever fail and when they do the other one is strong enough to fly the jet to an airport nearby. It is not a safety thing when it comes to 4 jet engines – it is just the cool and beefy factor that is now gone.
I still have my Delta 747, signed by all 4 pilots on my flight, and look at it every day and every time I look up in the air and see vapor trails I think to myself is that one of the last few 747s still flying.
I think too it was the way Delta people felt about the 747. The amount of space vs. the new cramped galleys and aisle space. They just seemed happy to be working on this fine jet. It could have been just my perception but from those I have talked to I think I am spot on.
So it is with a heavy heart and sadness that I blog, likely for the last time ever, about the grand queen. I miss you my friend and think of you lonely in the Arizona desert. Sniff. 🙁 – René