Meet The Oldest Boeing 767s Still Flying Passengers

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The Boeing 767 is a well-known and well-loved aircraft. The type has been in operation since the 1980s. In fact, the 767 was one of the earliest twinjets to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. With such a rich history, there are plenty of Boeing 767s still in operation. Here are the oldest 767s flying passengers.

The 767 has been around for about 40 years. Photo: Getty Images

The oldest Boeing 767s

According to data from Planespotters, two of the oldest Boeing 767s, N605KW and N602KW, are flying for Eastern Airlines. Both of these aircraft are Boeing 767-200s, the first and oldest variant of the 767. N605KW is 36 years old, making it the oldest Boeing 767 flying passengers in the world. Next up is N602KW at 35 years old. However, both are not as heavily used as existing 767s. Eastern Airlines also has N706KW, which is 30 years old. This one, however, is a Boeing 767-300ER.

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Eastern Airlines’ N605KW. Photo: BriYYZ via Flickr

Next up is JY-JAL. This 32-year-old Boeing 767-200 flies for Jordan Aviation. This aircraft has had a long life. It started out operating with Britannia Airways. Then, it spent some time leased out to many different airlines, including Air Algerie and Saudi Arabian Airlines (also known as Saudia), before Jordan Aviation picked it up. Another 767 in the airline’s fleet is JY-JAG. This 767-200 is about 30 years old. Jordan Aviation also flies some of the oldest Airbus A320s.

One of the most well-known Boeing 767 operators is Delta Air Lines. Delta has the largest passenger fleet of 767s compared to any other airline. The airline has five Boeing 767-300ERs that are 30 years old. N171DN, N172DN, N174DN, N175DN, and N176DN have all flown for Delta since 1990.

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Delta’s oldest Boeing 767 is N171DN. Photo: Oliver Holzbauer via Flickr

Lastly, there is Air Zimbabwe’s 30-year-old Boeing 767-200, Z-WPF. This aircraft was actually grounded in Johannesburg over some of the airline’s debt. However, the plane was eventually released back to the airline, and it does still fly.

Z-WPF in the old livery at London. Photo: Dean Morley via Flickr

Cargo Boeing 767s

Like most other older Boeing aircraft, the oldest Boeing 767s have found a second life flying cargo. The oldest Boeing 767 still in operation is N740AX. This is a cargo jet flying for ABX Air and is over 38 years old. Previously, however, it did fly passengers for Delta Air Lines. Plenty of other Boeing 767s have been converted for cargo use.

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The oldest Boeing 767 in operation. Photo: Timo Breidenstein via Wikimedia Commons

Another very interesting tidbit of the Boeing 767 is that it is still in operation. The cargo version of the aircraft is still available for purchase, and Boeing is still making them. Some of the biggest customers include UPS and FedEx.

A very special Boeing 767

One of the oldest 767s is preserved in Atlanta. You can find the aircraft at the Delta Flight Museum. This 767, N102DA, is Delta’s first Boeing 767 ever. It was a very special purchase for the airline since its employees pitched together to help the airline acquire it.

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Delta’s first Boeing 767 is now an attraction at the Delta Flight Museum. Photo: Delta Air Lines

Overall

The Boeing 767 is a passenger favorite. Narrower than other widebodies, the aircraft can carry passengers in coach in a 2-3-2 configuration. While most airlines are working on retiring these aircraft, some airlines do not yet have a plan for how to say farewell to this iconic aircraft.

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