United Airlines removes its last Boeing 747 flight from Los Angeles

United Airlines is pulling its final regularly scheduled LAX Boeing 747 flight in March. Photo credit: Simon_sees on Flickr, via wikimedia commons.

United Airlines is pulling its final regularly scheduled LAX Boeing 747 flight in March. Photo credit: Simon_sees on Flickr, via wikimedia commons.

Rarely does a single airplane type have as much of a following as the Boeing 747 – the original double-decker passenger jet first introduced in 1970.

Thus, there was some disappointment in the aviation world last week when reputable website airlineroute.net reported that United Airlines is planning to replace the 747 it now uses for flights from Los Angeles to Sydney with a Boeing 777. United has been flying a 747 on that route for as long as most people can remember, though the two-engine 777 is generally considered a more efficient airplane. It has considerably fewer seats.

United’s decision has received its own 27-page (and counting) thread on the popular frequent flier message board, flyertalk.com.¬†

There is some good news here, especially for passengers flying in economy class. United’s 747s still show only one movie at a time in coach. It 777s have personal video screens throughout, even in coach. The change is effective March 30, 2014, according to airlineroute.net

Sydney was United’s last regularly scheduled 747 flight from Los Angeles.

Happy flying.

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OK. You probably haven’t. But that doesn’t make the video above any less interesting. It’s especially cool at about the one-minute mark when the plane gets airborne. It’s a view you don’t usually see.

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Then there was this guy, who authorities believe hid on another British Airways plane from North Africa in 2012. But just about the time of landing at Heathrow, he fell from the sky and onto a residential street.

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