British Airways retires B767

26 Nov 2018 by Mark Caswell
British Airways B767

British Airways has retired the last of its B767s, nearly 30 years after it took delivery of the first of the Boeing aircraft.

The carrier’s final B767 flights took place over the weekend between London Heathrow and Larnaca in Cyprus.

British Airways took delivery of the first of its 28 B767s in 1990, having selected the aircraft over rival Airbus’ A300-600, and used them on routes to Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America.

British Airways crew outside a B767 aircraft

The carrier has provided Business Traveller with the following regarding its B767 fleet:

“Since British Airways operated its first 767 in February 1990 on a short hop to Paris, the fleet of aircraft have completed over 425,000 commercial flights.

“Frankfurt was the route where enthusiasts could spot the 767 most frequently, with the aircraft completing nearly 15,000 flights to and from the airport, but the aircraft has also been used to serve routes from Abu Dhabi, to Calgary and New York.

“While it was initially used for long-haul, in recent years it has been reconfigured for use on short-haul, including to Athens and Larnaca as well as on some domestic routes.”

BA’s final B767 commercial flight took place on aircraft reg G-BZHA. This aircraft first flew in 1998 and has flown an estimated 23 million miles. It visited Larnaca 900 times in its life, but its most popular route was Athens, where it completed 1,275 round trips. BA estimates that this aircraft has carried around four million customers across nearly 23,000 flights.

British Airways B767 Club World interior

The image above is of Club World on the B767, which was refreshed in 2012.

The B767 factfile is still active on the BA website here (although it is somewhat out of date as it refers to two aircraft still being in operation) including a few images of the exterior of the aircraft.

Commenting on the retirement of the B767 from the fleet, 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.”

Over the years Business Traveller has reviewed several BA flights operated by the B767, including:

What are your memories of BA’s B767s? Leave your comments below.

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