Air New Zealand to retire Boeing 767s in March 2017

ZK-NCL Boeing 767-319ER (MSN 28745/677) of Air New Zealand at Perth Airport – Sat 24 January 2015 Parked at Bay 54 at the International terminal at 8.10pm, preparing for departure on the seasonal NZ162 service to Christchurch. Photo © Luke Pillion
ZK-NCL Boeing 767-319ER (MSN 28745/677) of Air New Zealand at Perth Airport – Sat 24 January 2015
Parked at Bay 54 at the International terminal at 8.10pm, preparing for departure on the seasonal NZ162 service to Christchurch.
Photo © Luke Pillion

23 August 2016 © David Eyre

Air New Zealand is planning to retire their Boeing 767 fleet on 31 March 2017, with NZ108 from Sydney to Auckland as their last scheduled 767 flight (NOTE: Subject to change).

The airline introduced the Boeing 767-200ER into service in September 1985, and their first 767 service to Perth was on 28 March 1986 by ZK-NBA. The 767-200ER fleet was retired in March 2005, with ZK-NBA being the last aircraft retired.

The 767-300ER was introduced in April 1991, with the first Perth visit on 28 October 1994 by ZK-NCH. The fleet was later modified with winglets to improve fuel efficiency.

The Boeing 767-300ER was replaced by Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on services between Perth and Auckland from 12 September 2014, but 767s were still used on the seasonal Perth – Christchurch services.

Four Boeing 767-300ER remain in service at the time of writing, ZK-NCG, ZK-NCI, ZK-NCJ, and ZK-NCL.

David Eyre

President, Aviation Association of WA Inc

2 thoughts on “Air New Zealand to retire Boeing 767s in March 2017

  • September 5, 2016 at 5:31 am
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    Where are the Air New Zealand B767’s destined to end up? In Victorville in the US, or will they be offered up for sale now before being flown there?

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    • September 5, 2016 at 4:04 pm
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      No information yet on whether they will be sold or retired.

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