One of the last regularly scheduled Delta 747 flights between Minneapolis and Tokyo in October, 2014.

Last Chance for Delta 747s at MSP?

This weekend will provide one 0f the last chances to see 747 passenger jets at MSP. Delta’s last daily flight with a 747 out of the Twin Cities, between Minneapolis and Tokyo, switched to more more efficient 777 in the fall of 2014. Fortunately for us, Delta will be operating a handful of flights with 747s this weekend to accommodate Thanksgiving travelers between their hubs in Minneapolis and Atlanta. With Delta planning on retiring their fleet by 2017, this will be one of our last chances to catch the iconic 747 here, at least on a scheduled passenger flight.

For the foreseeable future, we’ll probably continue to see a handful of 747 flights military passenger charters, occasional weather diversions from Chicago, and a rush of freighters around Christmas, but they’re sporadic and difficult to plan around.

Thanksgiving 2015: 747 Arrivals / Departures at MSP

Delta is planning on using a single aircraft, N666US, for their flights between Minneapolis and Atlanta this weekend. Its realtime location and up to date schedule can be found here.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

  • Departing 3:20 PM, MSP → ATL, Flight DAL 744

Sunday, November 29, 2015

  • Arriving 8:53 AM, ATL → MSP, Flight DAL 2610
  • Departing 10:05 AM, MSP → ATL, Flight DAL 744
  • Arriving 4:33 PM, ATL → MSP, Flight DAL 2766
  • Departing 5:40 PM, MSP → ATL, Flight DAL 8

Monday, November 30, 2015

  • Arriving 10:09 AM, ATL → MSP, Flight DAL 744

Where to Watch?

Aviation enthusiasts watch the Saturday, November 28th departure on runway 12R from the Aircraft Viewing Area at the end of Cargo Road.

For people interested in watching these flights up close, the newly opened Aircraft Viewing Area at the end of Cargo Road should offer a spectacular (and free) vantage point. For people interested in photography, a small step stool or ladder will be needed to get their optics high enough to see over the security fences (just don’t setup against the fence). We should expect them to use runway 12R / 30L, so folks in Richfield, South Minneapolis, Eagan, and Mendota Heights have a good chance of seeing it pass overhead, again, keep an eye on the realtime tracking map for the most up to date information.

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