Fascinating images show the first and last British Airways Boeing 767 flights

The beginning – and end – of an era: Fascinating images show the first and last British Airways Boeing 767 flights

  • The 767 first entered BA’s fleet in 1990, but has been replaced by 787s
  • Last commercial flight took place on Sunday, Larnaca – Heathrow
  • It was retired to MOD St Athan in Wales on Monday by Captain Jonny Lutton

Ted Thornhill, Mailonline Travel Editor

British Airways has bid farewell to its Boeing 767s, marking the end of an era that lasted 28 years.

Video footage that may be a tear-jerker for aviation enthusiasts shows the aircraft that made the final commercial 767 flight for BA – G-BZHA – touching down at MOD St Athan in Wales, where it will rest before being sold on.

And here we present another potentially emotional shot for fans of the model – a picture of the very first commercial BA 767 flight taking off from London Heathrow on February 19, 1990, en-route to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.

The aircraft that made the final commercial 767 flight for BA - G-BZHA - comes in to land at MOD St Athan in Wales on Monday

The aircraft that made the final commercial 767 flight for BA – G-BZHA – comes in to land at MOD St Athan in Wales on Monday

Two 767s were taken to St Athan in Wales (one is pictured there above) on Monday and both will be sold on, but neither will fly again, BA said 

Two 767s were taken to St Athan in Wales (one is pictured there above) on Monday and both will be sold on, but neither will fly again, BA said 

The first ever BA 767 service from London Heathrow to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris takes off on February 19, 1990

The first ever BA 767 service from London Heathrow to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris takes off on February 19, 1990

The final BA 767 flight was from Larnaca in Cyprus to Heathrow and took place on Sunday. The plane that operated it was then flown to St Athan by Jonny Lutton, who tweeted: ‘Today [Monday] I have the privilege of commanding the last ever @British_Airways #767 flight. @aston_adam and I will deliver #ZHB to St Athan, bringing 28 years of safe and efficient 767 operations to a close. This is the end of an era.’

Since British Airways operated its first 767 the fleet of aircraft has 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 plane that operated the last ever commercial 767 flight for BA touches down in Larnaca, Cyprus, before making the end-of-an-era return journey to Heathrow 

The plane that operated the last ever commercial 767 flight for BA touches down in Larnaca, Cyprus, before making the end-of-an-era return journey to Heathrow 

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 that’s 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.

The crew of the last 767 to fly a commercial service for BA pose by the plane in Cyprus before it returns to Heathrow for the final time 

The crew of the last 767 to fly a commercial service for BA pose by the plane in Cyprus before it returns to Heathrow for the final time 

The flight crew that would be operating the historic final BA 767  journey pose by the aircraft in Cyprus before it heads back to the UK capital 

The flight crew that would be operating the historic final BA 767  journey pose by the aircraft in Cyprus before it heads back to the UK capital 

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.’

One other 767 was retired to St Athan on Monday and will be sold, along with G-BZHA, but not to another airline.

The flight deck of the 767. Frankfurt was the route where enthusiasts could spot the 767 most frequently

The flight deck of the 767. Frankfurt was the route where enthusiasts could spot the 767 most frequently

BA said that neither plane will fly again, but didn’t comment on the identity of the buyer (s).

G-BZHA 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 four million customers across nearly 23,000 flights.

 


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