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 AM and arrive at Charlotte at 10:44 AM. The flight will then depart Charlotte at 12:30 PM and arrive back in Philadelphia at 2:05 PM.
Although its likely that the 767-200 will receive a quiet sendoff, several FlyerTalk members and other aviation enthusiasts are planning to be on-board the final flight.
The 767-200ER Played an Important Role
In 1986, the City of Charlotte and Piedmont started petitioning the Department of Transportation (DOT) to use Charlotte as a gateway to London Gatwick, 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, William Howard, the CEO, 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 transatlantic service to London Gatwick with the Boeing 767 “Pride of Piedmont.”
The Boeing 767 was a revolutionary aircraft at the time when 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, scraped, or sold to another operator.
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 767-200 flights since they are not as economical as newer aircraft on the market.