After 29 years of service, Qantas have said farewell to its last Boeing 767 to make way for more fuel efficient aircraft.
The widebody aircraft, which can carry 250 people, has been a part of the Qantas fleet since 1985, and has operated more than 927,000 flights.
Newer and larger A330’s which can seat up to 300 people will resume the majority of the flying, with the rest being taken over by the airline’s B787s.
Captain Mike Galvin said the aircraft had been a faithful workhorse over the past three decades.
“The 767 has been a staple in the Qantas fleet for more than two decades and was a favourite with both crew and customers,” he said.
Getting rid of the 767s, which collectively flew over 1.8 billion kilometres (or the equivalent of 2,438 return trips to the moon), will also help streamline the Qantas fleet from 11 aircraft types to seven.
“It’s been an extremely reliable aircraft and has served Qantas and our customers very well over the years,” Captain Mike Galvin added.
In the past five years Qantas has retired more than 80 of its planes and bought 140 new aircraft bringing the average age of its fleet to 7.7 years — the lowest it has been since the early 1990s.
Over the years, Qantas has had 41 Boeing 767s in its fleet. Together, they have flown more than 1.8bn kilometres – the equivalent of 2438 return trips to the moon.
In recent years, the airline’s Boeing 767 fleet have travelled to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and from the east coast to Perth.