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Flashback: Final US Airways 767-200ER Quickly Approaching

Flashback: Final US Airways 767-200ER Quickly Approaching
February 12
17:04 2015

MIAMI — The Boeing 767-200 will depart the US Airways fleet next month as the airline plans to operate its final 767 flights on February 12, pending no schedule changes.

The Final Flights


On February 11, US Airways will fly 11 final regular 767 flights in and out of Charlotte and Philadelphia to Cancun, Orlando, and St. Thomas.

The two final flights will be US767 on Thursday, February 12. The flight will originate in Philadelphia at 9:00 a.m. and arrive at Charlotte at 10:44 a.m. The flight will then depart Charlotte at 12:30 p.m. and arrive back in Philadelphia at 2:05 p.m.

Although its likely that the 767-200 will receive a quiet sendoff, several FlyerTalk members and other aviation enthusiasts are planning to be onboard the final flight.

The 767-200ER Played an Important Role


 

A Piedmont Airlines 767-200ER (Credits: Torsten Maiwald)

A Piedmont Airlines 767-200ER (Credits: Torsten Maiwald)

In 1986, the city of Charlotte and Piedmont Airlines started petitioning the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to use Charlotte as a gateway to London Gatwick Airport, but Piedmont would have to go up against Delta’s bid–-Cincinnati/London Gatwick-–for approval to operate Gatwick flights.

Despite not knowing if the Piedmont would get approval, CEO William Howard traveled to Seattle and placed an order for six Boeing 767-200ER aircraft.

In the spring of 1988, US Air and Piedmont announced they would merge, and in May 1988, Howard traveled to Seattle to pick up its first 767-200. About a month later, Piedmont inaugurated trans-Atlantic service to London Gatwick with the Boeing 767 “Pride of Piedmont.”

The Boeing 767 was a revolutionary aircraft at the time it was introduced, with United in 1982. Since the first delivery, approximately 250 -200 and -200ER aircraft were delivered to customers around the world. Several U.S. airlines operated the 767-200s between major U.S. cities, but over the years, they have been retired to the desert, scrapped or sold to other operators.

Close to three dozen 767-200 and -200ERs worldwide are still being flown by passenger and cargo carriers. Over the last few years, both American and Continental/United retired their 767-200s, since they are not as economical as newer aircraft in the market.

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