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The Boeing 767, a widebody jet, was introduced at around the same time as the 757, its narrowbody sister. The 767 has a seat-to-aisle ratio in economy class of 3.5 seats per aisle, making for quicker food service and quicker exit of the plane than many other jetliners, which typically have between four and six seats per aisle in economy class.
The 767 is to be replaced in the Boeing lineup by the 787.
- 767-200 - The first model of the 767, launched in 1978 and produced from 1981 to 1994. It entered service with United Airlines in 1982.
- 767-200ER - An extended-range variant first delivered to El Al in 1984. It became the first 767 to complete a nonstop transatlantic journey, and broke the flying distance record for twinjet airliners several times.
- 767-300 - A lengthened 767 ordered by Japan Airlines in 1983. It first flew on January 14, 1986, and was delivered to JAL on that September 25.
- 767-300ER - An extended-range variant of the -300. It flew for the first time in 1986, but received no commercial orders until American Airlines purchased several in 1987. The aircraft entered service with AA in 1988. In 1995, EVA Air used a 767-300ER to inaugurate the first transpacific 767 service.
- 767-300F - A highly-automated air freight version of the 767-300ER, ordered by United Parcel Service in 1993 and delivered in 1995.
- 767-400ER - Another extended long-range variant, made as a niche aircraft for Delta Air Lines and Continental Airlines to replace their L-1011 and DC-10 fleets. It is the only 767 model to feature "raked" wingtips, which increase fuel efficiency. The first production 767-400ER was delivered in 2000.
- E-767 - AWACS platform used by the Japan Self-Defense Forces. Essentially the E-3 Sentry mission package on a 767 platform.
- KC-767 Tanker Transport - aerial refueling platform currently used by the Italian Air Force and the Japan Self-Defense Forces. The United States Air Force has expressed interest in the aircraft, with a contract for the lease of 100 aircraft under review. The KC-767 has lost out to the Airbus A330 in two recent contests, for the RAF and Royal Australian Air Force, more than likely due to delays in the USAF's own procurement of these aircraft. It has won in Japan and Italy, however.
- E-10 MC2A - Replacement for the Boeing 707-based E-3 Sentry AWACS, the E-8 Joint STARS aircraft, and EC-135 ELINT aircraft. This is an all-new system, and not based upon the Japanese AWACS aircraft.
|Length|| 48.5 m|
(159 ft 2 in)
| 54.9 m|
(180 ft 3 in)
| 61.4 m|
(201 ft 4 in)
|Wingspan|| 47.6 m|
(156 ft 1 in)
| 51.9 m|
(170 ft 4 in)
|Passengers||181 to 255||218 to 351||0||245 to 375|
|Cargo|| 81.4 m³ (2,875 ft³)|
| 106.8 m³ (3,770 ft³)|
| 454 m³ (16,034 ft³)|
30 LD2s + 24 pallets
| 129.6 m³ (4,580 ft³)|
|Range|| 9,400 km|
(5,200 nautical miles)
| 12,200 km|
(6,600 nautical miles)
| 9,700 km|
(5,230 nautical miles)
| 11,305 km|
(6,105 nautical miles)
| 6,050 km|
(3,270 nautical miles)
| 10,450 km|
(5,650 nautical miles)
|Cruise speed||Mach 0.8 (870 km/h, 540 mph)|
|Engines||Two high-bypass turbofans, usually either General Electric CF6-80 (about 65,000 lbf (289 kN) thrust each) or Pratt & Whitney PW4062 (about 63,000 lbf (280 kN) thrust each); some aircraft use Rolls-Royce RB211 (about 60,000 lbf (267 kN) thrust each)|
Two Boeing 767 aircraft were involved in the September 11, 2001 attacks. American Airlines Flight 11, a 767-223ER, crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center, with 93 fatalities on board. United Airlines Flight 175, a 767-222, crashed into the south tower, with the loss of all 65 on board. In addition, 2602 people perished on the ground, mostly in the two towers.
(as of 2004)
- Hull-loss Accidents: 6 with a total of 568 fatalities
- Other occurrences: 2 with a total of 0 fatalities
- Hijackings: 5 with a total of 282 fatalities
- The air flowing through a 767-400ER engine at takeoff power could inflate the Goodyear blimp in seven seconds.
- Details on the Boeing 767 family of aircraft
- History and pictures of the Boeing 767-200
- Jane's entry with detailed specifications
- Planemad.net - Boeing 767 Production Lists
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