British Airways retires iconic aircraft from fleet after almost 30 years

British Airways has bid farewell to the final Boeing 767 aircraft in its fleet, after retiring the final two planes this week.

The Boeing 767s’ last commercial flights took place on the route between Lanarca in Cyprus and London Heathrow, before they were retired to St Athan in Wales.

It marks the end of an era for the British Airways fleet, which has operated the aircraft since 1990.

The airline’s first Boeing 767 flew in February 1990 to Paris, and since then the fleet completed over 425,000 commercial flights, initially serving long-haul routes before moving to short-haul in recent years.

In fact, the final 767 which flew to Lanarca has been in operation since 1998, and is estimated to have flown approximately 23 million miles, carrying around four million customers across 23,000 flights.

Captain Al Bridger, British Airways Director of Flight Operations, 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."

However as one chapter closes, another opens.

British Airways has been giving its fleet a major upgrade, recently taking delivery of its 30th Boeing 787 Dreamliner, said to be around 40 per cent quieter than other aircraft.

There are other obvious perks to the new modern offerings such as the fact that it uses 20 per cent less fuel than similarly sized aircraft, meaning a reduction in carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions.

It’s not just the Dreamliners on offer either – later this year British Airways is expected to welcome its first Airbus A350 as part of its £4.5billion investment plan which it is rolling out over the next five years.

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