Airlines British Airways bids farewell to B767, welcomes new A321neo in return
- British Airways
British Airways has bid farewell to its iconic Boeing 767-300. The last commercial flight took place on November 25, 2018.
Having entered the British Airways fleet in 1990, the Boeing 767-300 has been known as the workhorse and backbone of the British flag-carrier. Over the last 28 years, all 767s at British Airways operated a total of over 425,000 commercial flights.
Now, the last remaining aircraft, G-BZHA has performed its last revenue flights from London Heathrow to Larnaca and back. A day later, the airframe was ferried to St. Athan in Wales where it is now sadly going to be scrapped in the upcoming months.
British Airways operated the first 767 flight in February 1990 with a short hop to Paris. Over the years, the aircraft was especially used on the Heathrow-Frankfurt route. 15,000 flights on this route have been accomplished with the aircraft.
Initially, the airline deployed its 767s to long-haul destinations like Abu Dhabi, New York or Calgary. Then, after modern long-haul aircraft like the Airbus A380 or Boeing 777-300ER and 787 Dreamliner were welcomed to the fleet, the 767 aircraft saw a re-configuration process in order to operate short-haul routes.
Now, with the retirement of the Boeing 767, British Airways has taken delivery of its replacement. The 30th Boeing 787 Dreamliner has recently been delivered and will continue the legacy of the 767s.
British Airways 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.”
Moreover, British Airways has also taken up its first ever Airbus A321neo. The aircraft was delivered from Hamburg-Finkenwerder to London Heathrow and wears the registration G-NEOR. The A321-251NX is a high-density version of the normal A321neo aircraft.
British Airways is the flag-carrier of Great Britain and was founded in March 1974. The current fleet consists of 271 aircraft, including one Airbus A318, 42 A319s, 73 A320s (including six A320neos), 19 A321s (including one A321neo), 37 Boeing B747s, 58 B777s and 30 B787 Dreamliners. Regional subsidiary BA CityFlyer has six Embraer 170s and 16 Embraer 190s in its fleet.
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