- Over 20 airlines still operate the Boeing 767 for passenger services, with Delta Air Lines being the largest operator.
- United Airlines is the second-largest operator of the 767 and is replacing its fleet with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
- Rounding up the top five operators are Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways, and LATAM Peru.
The Boeing 767 has been in service for over four decades, with almost 1,300 of the twinjets built. Given its age and the introduction of more efficient two-engined aircraft since then, an increasingly smaller number of airlines continue to operate the plane as a passenger aircraft. Let’s see which airlines will be flying the 767 for passenger services this year.
Over 20 operators
According to data from ch-aviation, there are over 200 passenger Boeing 767s listed as active at 26 airlines across the globe. The vast majority of 767 operations are conducted by the 767-300ER variant, followed by the longer 767-400ER (Delta and United only), then the rare ‘baby widebody’ 767-200.
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The top five operators of the 767 this year will be:
- Delta Air Lines: Delta remains the world’s largest 767 operator, with 65 767s in its fleet. Of these, 44 are the 767-300ER and 21 are the 767-400ER. Delta had previously planned to retire its 767 fleet by 2025 but will continue flying the type well past this. The plane has a special place in the heart of Delta’s history, joining the carrier at a difficult period and helping to pull it out of its mire.
- United Airlines: Coming in second is UA, which flies 53 767s split across 37 767-300ERs and 16 767-400ERs. United will be replacing its 767 fleet with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, recently exercising 50 more options on the twinjet.
- Japan Airlines: JAL has 27 767-300ERs in its fleet, and they are still relatively youthful with an average of around 16.5 years old. Interestingly, the carrier recently announced it is gearing up for 767 freighter operations, due to start in February.
- All Nippon Airways: The Japanese carrier has 15 passenger 767s, along with nine cargo variants. With its youngest 767 not yet 12 years old, ANA will likely continue flying the 767 for several years to come.
- LATAM Peru: The Peruvian branch of LATAM Group currently has nine active 767-300ERs. While LATAM Brasil recently retired its last passenger 767s, LATAM Peru will continue to operate passenger services with the type.
Despite the type’s relatively old age, Delta Air Lines still has dozens of Boeing 767-300ER aircraft at its disposal.
Other notable operators of the 767 will be Air Astana, Air Do, Atlas Air, Austrian Airlines, Azur Air, Condor, Icelandair, UTair (a rare 767-200 operator) and Uzbekistan Airways. Following a Simple Flying report from last year, the most-utilized 767 still in active service continues to be one of Condor’s (registration: D-ABUC), which has racked up over 146,000 flight hours as of August 2023.
With the 767 reaching over 41 years of active service this year, it’s inevitable that airlines will start switching it out for newer-generation aircraft. Airlines now have the option to invest in other twinjets, including Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner, or perhaps the Airbus A330 or A350.
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2023 saw a couple of notable examples of airlines operating the type for the final time. In November, TUI retired the UK’s last passenger 767, almost 40 years after the type first flew in the country under Britannia Airways. Later in the same month, LATAM Brasil retired the last of its passenger 767-300ER aircraft, putting an end to a 15-year spell of operations. However, the LATAM Group will still operate passenger 767s at its Peru subsidiary, and continues to utilize the 767 as a cargo plane too.
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