I flew on a US 767 on Sat. 18 Sept. 2004, PIT
, because I was starting university in London at King's College London. (US flight 740, PIT
, Boeing 767-200).
Because of the design of the PIT
terminal (it had frosted windows in the international concourse), I never really saw the outside of the plane until I arrived at LGW
early the next morning (at 5:30am at LGW
, it was still dark out); the only time I saw the plane itself was when the bus took me from the round part of the South Terminal to the main building itself for immigration/customs. So I don't know how well this particular 767's exterior was holding up (much less knowing the registration).
You can tell the US 767 is a 1980's "classic"--inside, especially.
Inside, it was like any old 767--the original interior with the squarish-looking overhead bins, etc. I sat in the left aisle seat in the middle block of 3 seats.
I could not get any sleep on the PIT
flight, because there was nothing to lean against (like in a window seat, you can lean against the window or wall). The IFE is basic--just a screen on the bulkhead, where it cycles through a movie or two and some TV
fare. The interior gets cluttered up fast on a transatlantic flight, with the usual food wrappers and other paper/plastic waste. Otherwise the aircraft seemed to be pretty well kept up. All in all, the old 767s are basic transportation, nothing luxurious (in coach anyway), a bit cluttered (but any plane would get cluttered on a transatlantic trip). They are beginning to show their age, for example in the dated interior decor and design, as well as in the small, old lavs.
The exterior of US 767s sort of carries over into the "grey" atmosphere of the interior--dated and worn. You can tell, inside and out, that US 767s (and other old 767s) are a product of the 1980s and 1990s, as compared with the redesigned 767s of American Airlines (with the new interiors) and the newer, shinier aircraft of today.
But I was glad to fly on a 767 anyway! They're becoming an endangered species on many routes from the US to London--777s and A330s have been taking over most of the transatlantic routes.
Not too long ago, old 747 classics were "queen" of the transatlantic route! (I flew on an ancient TWA 747 back in 1994, JFK
I'd like to fly on a DC-10 and an L-1011 someday--before they all disappear! I have never flown on those two at all! They're rare in the US anymore, much less transatlantic.
Somehow it's more memorable to fly on a "classic"--like an old 767 or 747 classic, like I have done in the past, or a DC-10 or L-1011, which I have never experienced.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)