United Airlines has decided to retire its remaining 20 Boeing 747-400s by the end of 2017, moving up the fleet’s retirement by a year. United had previously said it would retire its 747 fleet by the end 2018. But president Scott Kirby said in a Jan. 11 message posted online that “the time has come to retire our 747 fleet from scheduled service,” adding, “we plan to operate our last 747 flight in the fourth quarter of this year.” Kirby called the fleet’s ...

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