The 767 was conceived as a replacement for Boeing's commercial first jet. The 707 pioneered the jet age, but it needed replacement after over 20 years in service. The 767 had an increased range and slight increase in capacity. It was initially offered as a lower capacity 767-100 and the 767-200. The 767-200 was the only one developed as first as it was better received by the airlines. The 767 offered roughly 20% increase in effeciency over the airplane it replaced. It pioneered many new technologies and proved to be successful. It was a smaller generation of widebodies compared to the larger trijets and the 747. However it soon became the most common aircraft used on the busy Transatlantic sector and was especially popular with passengers since it features a very comfortable seven abreast layout (although on occasions it has been configured at 8 abreast), which minimizes middle seats. The biggest development of the plane was its use of ETOPS. Previously twin jets had been restricted on overwater operations, but the 767 changed that.
The 767 has had a long successful lifespan. The 767-300 was announced during the testing phase of the 767-200. The 767-300ER, which became the best selling type first flew in 1986 and became even more popular. The 767-300ER is still in production today. Late in the production cycle came the 767-400ER for the specific needs of Delta and Continental.
The 787 is currently being developed as a replacement. But the 767 has enjoyed years of successful service and is one of the safest jets ever to fly. Congratulations to all of the engineers that designed such a successful plane, and further contratulations to everyone who has worked on operating them safely.
Photo © Justin Cederholm
Photo © Pawel Guraj
Photo © Javier Guerrero - AirTeamImages
Photo © Kazim Alikhan - t.dot photography
Photo © Je89 W.
Photo © Patrick Faudree
Congratulations and happy birthday!
[Edited 2006-09-26 17:44:24]