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Gumleaf
December 27th, 2014, 07:24 AM
For all you airline lovers out there!


Qantas retires last Boeing 767 from its fleet
Australian Associated Press
Saturday 27 December 2014 15.42 AEST
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/dec/27/qantas-retires-last-boeing-767-from-its-fleet?CMP=soc_567


After 29 years of service, Qantas is farewelling its last Boeing 767 to make way for more fuel efficient aircraft.

The specially named QF767, once the workhorse of the fleet, will make its final flight on Saturday afternoon when it departs Melbourne for Sydney at 5pm.

The Boeing 767 flight will do a flyover of the Sydney CBD, before landing at the airport at 6.25pm.

The widebody aircraft, which can carry 250 people, has been in the Qantas fleet since 1985.

During that time, it has carried almost 168 million passengers on more than 927,000 flights.

Captain Mike Galvin, Boeing 767 pilot and Qantas flying operations head, said the reliable aircraft served the airline well.

“The 767 has been a staple in the Qantas fleet for more than two decades and was a favourite with both crew and customers,” Mr Galvin said.

“While it’s sad to say goodbye, it’s definitely time to retire the 767s as we have been bringing in newer aircraft that are more advanced and fuel efficient.”

The move will cut the number of different Qantas aircrafts from 11 to seven.

Over the years, Qantas has had 41 Boeing 767s in its fleet. Together, they have flown more than 1.8bn kilometres – the equivalent of 2438 return trips to the moon.

In recent years, the aircraft flew between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and from the east coast to Perth.

Newer, larger A330s, which are receiving interior upgrades and can seat 300 people, will take over much of that flying with the rest done by more use of the airline’s smaller B737s.

Since the 2009 financial year, Qantas has had more than 140 new aircraft while retiring more than 80.

This has brought the average age of its fleet down to 7.7 years - the lowest it’s been for more than 20 years and significantly younger than the averages in North America, Europe or Asia Pacific.

Qantas has been suffering in recent years from a price war with rival Virgin Australia and from the impact of high fuel prices.

In August, Qantas posted a net loss of $2.84bn for the year to 30 June, compared with a $1m profit a year ago.

The result included a $2.6bn writedown to the value of its ageing international fleet.

Excluding the writedown and other one-off costs, Qantas made an underlying pre-tax loss of $646m, compared with a $186m profit a year ago.

Plane And Simple
December 27th, 2014, 04:22 PM
I really like the 767, but if the change is for the better, then go ahead. The A330 does appeal to me more, I gotta say.

Gumleaf
December 30th, 2014, 02:48 AM
I really like the 767, but if the change is for the better, then go ahead. The A330 does appeal to me more, I gotta say.

I liked the 767-300 too. However things that are now common place on new aircrafts and refurbished B747-400's such as reliable in flight entertainment for example, was never a strong point on the Qantas 767 fleet. I've only flown on an A330 once, so I'm looking forward to more A330 trips in the future. In this thread http://www.virtualteen.org/forums/showthread.php?t=217819 I posted the take off on what turned out to be my last ever ride on a Qantas 767 in October.

Plane And Simple
December 30th, 2014, 05:07 AM
I liked the 767-300 too. However things that are now common place on new aircrafts and refurbished B747-400's such as reliable in flight entertainment for example, was never a strong point on the Qantas 767 fleet. I've only flown on an A330 once, so I'm looking forward to more A330 trips in the future. In this thread http://www.virtualteen.org/forums/showthread.php?t=217819 I posted the take off on what turned out to be my last ever ride on a Qantas 767 in October.

Agreed. I did see that video. Really cool aircraft I gotta say.

Gumleaf
January 6th, 2015, 05:46 AM
Agreed. I did see that video. Really cool aircraft I gotta say.

Someone has posted videos of the last flight:

Take off from Melbourne https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9aBj3k8j1k
Arriving Sydney with special City flyover to recognise the final Qantas B767-300 flight. Amazing views!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SnunYABPRQ