Wed, 28 Nov 2018

British Airways Retires Final Two Boeing 767s to St Athan in Wales

British Airways bid farewell to one of the most iconic aircraft in its fleet this week, the Boeing 767.

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.

The airline’s final two 767s are being retired to St Athan in Wales.

Aircraft such as the Boeing 787-9 (pictured) and Airbus A350 are part of a major fleet modernisation project at British Airways. Click to enlarge.

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.”

The retirement comes as British Airways looks to the future of its fleet. Just days ago, the airline took delivery of its 30th Boeing 787 Dreamliner (pictured) – the newest aircraft in its fleet. Not only is the Dreamliner around 40% quieter than other aircraft, it also uses 20% less fuel than similarly sized aircraft. This means a reduction in carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions.

But it’s not just the 787 being added to British Airways’ fleet. Later in the year the airline will take delivery of another pioneering aircraft - its first Airbus A350, part of the airline’s £4.5bn investment for customers over the next five years. 

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