Qantas has retired one more Boeing 767 and withdrawn the aircraft from international services as part of its fleet renewal program.
The 767’s last international flight in Qantas colours, which was operated by VH-OGU, landed in Sydney at 1708 on Saturday September 13 after a nine hour 43 minute journey from Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Sydney-Honolulu route will now be operated by Airbus A330-300 or A330-200 aircraft. It was Qantas’s last remaining international route with the Boeing 767.
Qantas’s 767s have between 229 and 227 seats, while the Flying Kangaroo’s internationally configured A330-200s have 235 seats, and its A330-300s have 297 seats. Both Airbus aircraft also have personal inflight entertainment screens in every seat and an improved on-board product.
Separately, Qantas 767-300ER VH-OGR operated its last commercial flight on Friday September 12, a one-hour journey from Melbourne to Sydney that touched down at Kingsford-Smith at 2011 local time.
The aircraft arrived at Qantas factory fresh from Boeing’s Everett facility in 1997 and was named Port Macquarie. It’s name was changed to City of Corowa in 2004. VH-OGR was also flew briefly with Qantas’s shortlived Australian Airlines international leisure operation in 2006.
The withdrawal of VH-OGR leaves Qantas with nine passenger 767s and one freighter. All passenger versions of the type were expected to be gone from the fleet by the end of calendar 2014.
The last Qantas flight with the 767 was scheduled for December 27 2014, according to global distribution systems.