Just spoke with the Chief pilot today and that was the latest. If there is a chance I will hold onto it like a kid with a lollipop from the fair but this news makes my grip weak.
The writing on the wall comes in the form of manuals. All the fleet departments are busting tail to transition the manuals to the Delta format and there is not a peep in the 747-200 department about it. I think that says it all.
Are not the 74-200 flying Mil charter for the next 12 months?
I think the ultimate intent is to have it done before SOC.
DAL won't spend the money putting 747-200s on the certificate, so the 747-200 operation should close down prior to SOC. The freight operation is losing boot loads of money.
In general, the 747's time has come and gone, the 400 will stay a little longer.
The base may be closing in DEC, not so sure the 742 - if there are contracts to be flown that make money it will keep flying, but perhaps based elsewhere. Regardless the acft will not disappear until post SOC so they can absorb the ~150 pilots left across a larger fleet so as to minimize staffing impact....