Hawaii For United's 747, a groovy goodbye By Tovin Lapan / September 22, 2017 Share 1 -- United Airlines is planning a retro-inspired sendoff for the Boeing 747, which will make its final flight for the airline on Nov. 7, from San Francisco to Honolulu.The "throwback" flight, reflective of the first United flight on a 747 in 1970, will feature a 1970s-inspired menu, a retro-uniformed crew and period-appropriate inflight entertainment. Seats on the one-way flight departing San Francisco at 11 a.m. local time are available at United.com. The seats in the upper deck of the plane will be left unsold, so all of the passengers can visit the space during the flight.As of mid-September, United was still using 13 374-seat Boeing 747s. The first commercial flight on a 747 was operated by Pan American World Airways on Jan. 21, 1970. Continental Airlines, which merged with United in 2012, started a Chicago-Los Angeles route with continued service to Honolulu on the 747 on June 26, 1970. United plans to fly its final international route using a 747, from Seoul to San Francisco, on Oct. 29.