Many of the older generations of aircraft are in the process of being retired. In fact, as recently as November Simple Flying reported that British Airways was retiring their last B767. Now it is the turn of another airline to retire their B767. Yesterday, Hawaiian Airlines retired their last B767 after 32 years of airline service. The aircraft was registered as N594 and named ‘Ulili after the Wandering Tattler bird. This is partly as newer aircraft are more comfortable and fuel efficient, but also in part down to the life span of the aircraft. Most commercial aircraft only reach around 30-40 years of use. However, some are converted into freight aircraft after their passenger service.
Sacramento to Honolulu
The last Boeing 767 flight operated between the mainland USA and Hawaii. Departing Sacramento at 0930, it landed in Honolulu at 1324. The route will now be served by an A330. Very soon Hawaiian will be seeing more direct competition on the Sacramento Honolulu route as Southwest Airlines are expected to begin their Hawaii services shortly. By swapping to the A330, Hawaiian will be able to offer 18 lie-flat bed seats, in addition to 68 economy comfort seats. The B767 lacked economy comfort seats.
The Hawaiian B767
According to Airfleets.net Hawaiian has owned 24 B767 aircraft in their history. However, the airline has only ever operated 18 B767s at any one time. Hawaiian had two possible configurations for the B767. Both had 18 First seats, however, the number of economy seats varied. While one contained 234 economy seats, the other contained 241 economy seats. This meant the B767 could carry 252 or 259 passengers respectively. Hawaiian originally purchased the B767 to replace their fleet of DC-10s in 2001.
Welcome to Honolulu
The final flight of a Hawaiian B767 did not go without notice. The 258 guests and 10 crew members were welcomed to Hawaii with traditional Leis. As they left HA19, they were also greeted by the company’s CEO, Peter Ingram. Mr Ingram commented at the event: “The Boeing 767 was instrumental to our transpacific growth, international expansion and success in introducing millions of guests to this special place we call home.” Before going on to add “Today’s 767 retirement marks another chapter in our ongoing fleet modernization program as we continue to take more deliveries of Airbus A321neos and prepare to welcome the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in 2021.”
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