Boeing’s first widebody twinjet has been in service for more than 40 years – but how many airlines continue to use the aircraft for passenger services? Key.Aero finds out…
The Boeing 767 was launched as the 7X7 project in July 1978 with the intention of replacing the 707 and other early generation narrowbody jets. The aircraft would provide a twin-aisle seating configuration, but in a smaller fuselage than the existing 747.
The prototype first flew on September 26, 1981, and was awarded its type certificate on July 30 the following year.
The jet came in five main passenger variants which include the -200, -200ER, -300, -300ER and -400ER. The -300ER, which was launched in 1988, was the most popular variant selling 583 examples.
In total, 1,190 airframes have been delivered and this includes freighter and military variants. The -300F was the only dedicated cargo production version of the type, of which only 177 have been made.
In recent years, the 767 has been a prime candidate for freighter conversion and is very popular with airlines such as FedEx, DHL and Atlas Air. There are two main programmes available for converting a passenger variant to carry cargo. The first is provided by a subsidiary of Israel Aerospace Industries called Bedek Aircraft Group and is known as the BDSF, and the second by Boeing themselves dubbed BCF.
As a result of these conversions, the global fleet of passenger variants is dropping. It currently stands at 353 airframes operated by 43 different airlines. The carrier with the most aircraft is Delta Air Lines which fields a fleet comprising 75 examples. United Airlines follows in second place with 54 airframes while Japan Airlines places third with 33 jets.
Notably, Greensboro-based Eastern Airlines fields the widest range of 767s, with a fleet comprising four variants including the -200, -200ER, -300 and -300ER. Other users of the oldest -200 include Thailand’s Jet Asia Airways and Afghanistan-based Kam Air.
The newest -400ER model is exclusively used by Delta and United which both have 21 and 16 airframes, respectively.
Key.Aero has collated the latest passenger variant fleet data in full:
|Air Niugini||Papua New Guinea||2||2|
|All Nippon Airways||Japan||23||23|
|Asiana Airlines||Republic of Korea||6||6|
|Atlas Air||United States||5||5|
|Azur Air Ukraine||Ukraine||3||3|
|Blue Panorama Airlines||Italy||2||2|
|Boliviana de Aviación||Bolivia||4||4|
|Ceiba Intercontinental||Equatorial Guinea||1||1|
|Delta Air Lines||United States||54||21||75|
|Eastern Airlines||United States||2||2||1||4||9|
|Jet Asia Airways||Thailand||2||2|
|LATAM Airlines Brasil||Brazil||13||13|
|LATAM Airlines Chile||Chile||16||16|
|Orient Thai Airlines||Thailand||5||5|
|Royal Air Maroc||Morocco||1||1|
|TUI Airlines Belgium||Belgium||1||1|
|TUI Airlines Netherlands||Netherlands||1||1|
|TUI Airways||United Kingdom||2||2|
|United Airlines||United States||38||16||54|