British Airways last night (November 25), as planned, operated the last Boeing 767-300 revenue flight (flight BA 663) between Larnaca (LCA) and London (Heathrow).
According to FlightAware, flight BA 663 arrived at LHR at 2234 (10:34 pm) with the pictured G-BZHA.
British Airways introduced the type in 1990. G-BNWB was the first to arrive on February 8, 1990. BA has been gradually retiring the type since 2013 and was down to two aircraft at the end.
British Airways issued this statement:
- 767 first entered fleet in 1990, flying over 425,000 commercial flights
- Last commercial flight took place yesterday, Larnaca – Heathrow, before being retired to St Athan in Wales today
- Retirement comes just days after airline takes delivery of 30th 787 Dreamliner
British Airways today bids farewell to one of the most iconic aircraft in its fleet, the Boeing 767. The airline’s final two 767s are being retired to St Athan in Wales after the last commercial flight – Larnaca in Cyprus to Heathrow – took place yesterday (November 25).
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 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 – the newest aircraft in its fleet. Not only is the Dreamliner around 40 per cent quieter than other aircraft it also uses 20 per cent 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.
On the 767 retirement, 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 final 767 commercial flight took place on aircraft registration G-BZHA. This aircraft first flew in 1998 and has flown an estimated 23 million miles. It has visited Larnaca 900 times in its life, but its most popular route is actually to Athens, where it’s completed 1,275 round trips. It is estimated that this aircraft has carried around 4 million customers across nearly 23,000 flights.
Top Copyright Photo (all other images by BA): British Airways Boeing 767-336 ER G-BZHA (msn 29230) LHR (SPA). Image: 925136.
British Airways aircraft slide show:
Below Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 767-336 ER G-BNWV (msn 27140) (Colum) LHR (Bruce Drum). Image: 102176.
British Airways aircraft slide show (historic liveries):
Bottom Copyright Photo: British Airways Boeing 767-336 ER G-BNWZ (msn 25733) LHR (SPA). Image: 932817.