The last passenger Boeing 767: where is it flying?
At the time of this article’s publication, the newest Boeing 767 is a -300F variant that was delivered to Denmark’s Maersk Air on September 20. Indeed, Boeing has been producing and delivering the jumbo jet on a regular basis since 1982. However, for the past eight and a half years, the American manufacturer has produced only freighters and military tankers using the 767 platform. So which airline finally took the last passenger 767? And where is it flying in 2022? We’ll take a look!
The last passenger 767
The latest passenger 767 is a 767-300ER registered EI-KEC and operated by Kazakh airline Air Astana. This cell has MSN 42223 and line number 1068 and is almost eight and a half years old.
In June 2014, this aircraft was delivered fresh from the Boeing factory to Air Astana under the registration P4-KEC and was configured with 30 business class seats and another 193 economy class seats. Indeed, the twinjet widebody has been flying for Air Astana ever since, and continues to do so to this day.
In its approximately eight years of service, there have only been two notable changes to this jet:
- First, in 2020 it was reconfigured to be a “preighter” (passenger-cargo). With its passenger seats removed, the airline was used to carry cargo in the main cabin. This lasted until August 2021, when her original passenger layout was restored.
- The second change, if you haven’t noticed it yet, is his change in registration (although he flies for the same airline). The aircraft had its Aruban “P4” prefix swapped for Ireland’s EI prefix. This change took place in May 2022 and could indicate either a sale-leaseback transaction or a change in ownership – or simply the owner’s decision to change aircraft registry. It’s hard to give specifics, but ch-aviation.com says the plane is owned by Zhetysu Aviation Ltd, which apparently is (or was) a Kazakh airline.
As of May 2022, the jet had accumulated 29,267 flight hours out of 8,095 flight hours. The busiest year for this 767 was 2019, when it racked up 4,550 flight hours over 1,156 cycles. Its activity for 2020 was less than half of the figures for 2019.
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Where does the airplane fly these days?
So, if you want to find out what the Boeing 767, the youngest passenger, looks like, where to book a flight? Well, according to FlightRadar24.com, the plane appears to be based in Almaty, Kazakhstan (ALA). From there, the jet operates a service to the following destinations:
- Antalya (AYT)
- Nur-Sultan (NQZ)
- Seoul Incheon (ICN)
From around mid-August to September 2, the aircraft flew exclusively between Nur-Sultan (NQZ) and Frankfurt (FRA) – returning almost once a day.
EI-KEC is joined by two other 767 passengers in the Air Astana fleet. These were built slightly before EI-KEC and have identical seating configurations. The order for all these aircraft was placed in March 2012 and was initially to consist of four 767-300ERs and three 787-8s. At the time, it was the largest commercial aircraft order in Kazakhstan’s history.
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Sources: Planespotters.net, FlightRadar24.com, BOE Family Flights, ch-aviation.com, Boeing