BA’s fi­nal two Boe­ing 767s are re­tired

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - News -

BRI­TISH Airways has bid farewell to its Boe­ing 767 air­craft af­ter nearly three decades of ser­vice.

The air­line’s fi­nal two 767s were re­tired to St Athan, South Wales, on Mon­day af­ter the last pas­sen­ger ser­vice, from Lar­naca, Cyprus, to Lon­don Heathrow, took place on Sun­day.

Since BA op­er­ated its first 767 ser­vice in Fe­bru­ary 1990, it has used the air­craft for more than 425,000 com­mer­cial flights.

The 767s were a ver­sa­tile jet for the car­rier. Ini­tially used for long-haul routes, in re­cent years their in­te­ri­ors were re­con­fig­ured for short-haul and do­mes­tic flights.

The re­tire­ment of the 767s comes shortly af­ter BA took de­liv­ery of its 30th Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner. The Dream­lin­ers are about 40% qui­eter than other air­craft and use 20% less fuel com­pared with sim­i­lar-sized planes.

In the com­ing months BA will take de­liv­ery of its first Air­bus A350, which is part of the air­line’s £6.5 bil­lion in­vest­ment in up­grades over the next five years.

BA’s di­rec­tor of flight op­er­a­tions, Cap­tain Al Bridger, said: “The 767 has been a bril­liant part of our fleet, fly­ing some of our most pop­u­lar routes and giv­ing cus­tomers what was an in­dus­try-lead­ing ser­vice in its time. It’s fit­ting that as the fi­nal 767 leaves the fleet, we take our 30th de­liv­ery of another in­dus­try-lead­ing air­craft, the 787, which of­fers cus­tomers an ex­cep­tional ex­pe­ri­ence in the skies.”

The fi­nal BA Boe­ing 767 com­mer­cial flight

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