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A Delta Boeing 747-400 departing from LAX. (Flickr/Tomás Del Coro)

Delta had already announced that it would be retiring their last seven Boeing 747-400s, once called "The Queen of the Skies," by the end of this year. The planes were mainly used for transoceanic flights, then Hurricane Irma, the strongest storm ever recorded in the region, headed for Florida.

To assist in the urgent evacuation effort, Delta is routing one of its jumbo jets from Detroit, a hub for the airline, to Orlando. The flight isn't free, but fares top out at $399. When it returns to Detroit, passengers will be able to fly anywhere the airline flies outside the Hurricane Irma impacted area.

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