Which airlines still use the Boeing 767?

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 Boeing 767 has been produced continuously since 1981. Boeing

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.

FedEx operates large fleet of 93 767-300F dedicated freighters. Aviation Image Network/Bailey

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.

Operated by ABX Air, N767AX (c/n 22785) was originally a 767-200 which was converted to a BDSF in 2003. Aviation Image Network/Bailey

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.

United Airlines fields a roster comprising 54 examples. Aviation Image Network/Simon Gregory

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.

Eastern Airlines is one of the few carriers to still use the -200 variant. Aviation Image Network/Wizzard

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:

Airline Country 767-200 767-200ER 767-300 767-300ER 767-400ER Total
Air Astana Kazakhstan 3 3
Air Niugini Papua New Guinea 2 2
Air Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 2 2
All Nippon Airways Japan 23 23
Asiana Airlines Republic of Korea 6 6
Atlas Air United States 5 5
Austrian Airlines Austria 6 6
Azerbaijan Airlines Azerbaijan 3 3
Azur Air Russia 12 12
Azur Air Ukraine Ukraine 3 3
Blue Panorama Airlines Italy 2 2
Boliviana de Aviación Bolivia 4 4
Camair Co Cameroon 1 1
Ceiba Intercontinental Equatorial Guinea 1 1
Condor Germany 16 16
Delta Air Lines United States 54 21 75
Eastern Airlines United States 2 2 1 4 9
Ethiopian Airlines Ethiopia 4 4
EuroAtlantic Airways Portugal 6 6
Air Do Japan 2 4 6
Icelandair Iceland 4 4
Ikar Russia 5 5
Iraqi Airways Iraq 1 1
Japan Airlines Japan 4 29 33
Jet Asia Airways Thailand 2 2
Kam Air Afghanistan 1 1 2
LATAM Airlines Brasil Brazil 13 13
LATAM Airlines Chile Chile 16 16
MIAT Mongolia 2 2
Neos Italy 1 1
Orient Thai Airlines Thailand 5 5
Royal Air Maroc Morocco 1 1
Royal Flight Russia 3 3
Sunday Airlines Kazakhstan 1 1
TUI Airlines Belgium Belgium 1 1
TUI Airlines Netherlands Netherlands 1 1
TUI Airways United Kingdom 2 2
TUIfly Nordic Sweden 2 2
UIA Ukraine 4 4
Ukrainian Wings Ukraine 1 1
United Airlines United States 38 16 54
UTair Aviation Russia 3 3
Uzbekistan Airways Uzbekistan 7 7
Total 5 7 18 286 37 353