Qantas withdrawal of Rolls-Royce powered Boeing 767-336ER fleet underway

ABOVE: VH-ZXB Boeing 767-336ER of Qantas, at the Qantas Domestic Terminal on 16 February 2012.
VH-ZXB was the first of the former British Airways Rolls-Royce RB211-powered 767s to be retired by Qantas.
Photo © David Eyre

12 December 2012 © David Eyre

Qantas has commenced the retirement of the six former British Airways Boeing 767-336ER aircraft, powered by Rolls-Royce RB211 engines (VH-ZXA thru VH-ZXG).

On 11-12 December 2012,  VH-ZXB was flown from Sydney to Honolulu, Hawaii and then  Roswell, New Mexico for desert storage.

A second -336ER will be retired in January 2013, and a third by mid-2013, with the remaining three gone by the end of 2013.

Qantas has decided to standardise on its remaining General Electric CF6-powered 767-338ER aircraft, which are currently undergoing a cabin refubishment. These too will will be retired by 2015.

Jetstar is due to receive 15 Boeing 787-8 aircraft and will return a number of Airbus A330-200 aircraft to Qantas as the 787s are delivered, enabling Qantas to eventually retire more 767s.

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

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