A Delta trip from Seoul to Detroit on Tuesday, December 19 will mark the last time the Boeing 747 “Jumbo Jet” carries passengers for a U.S. commercial flight.
According to a Yahoo! News, the model is being retired to utilize more fuel-efficient models. Boeing will still build the aircraft for freight use, and the president will still use a 747 for Air Force One. So unless you work for a major shipping company or you’re on speaking terms with the commander in chief, it might be a while before you see the inside of one of the massive planes Stateside.
Boeing chief company historian Michael Lombardi claimed the massive plane, which flew commercially for almost 50 years, and its roomy cabins made air travel available to more people than ever before. “The 747 gave wings to the world,” he said.
But fret not: other carriers, including Lufthansa, British Airways and Korean Air Lines, will still use 747s for long-haul trips—meaning flying in one of these big birds is still a possibility if you’re traveling to foreign shores.