Air Canada retires the 767, ends 38 years of operations with the type


June 3, 2020 / Air Canada (AC) operated on June 2 its last scheduled mainline service using a Boeing 767, putting an end to a 38 year-long operation with the type. The Montreal-based carrier had received its first Boeing 767-200ER in 1982, one of the first airlines in the world to fly it, and operated the type until 2008. The largeer 767-300ER joined the fleet in 1988. Totally, AC received 63 Boeing 767s, 23 -200ER and 40 -300ER. Air Canada also operated the single 767 with the most flying hours: a -300ER model, C-FCAE, flew over 138,000 hours in AC colours.

The final Boeing 767 retirement was planned for 2019, however the 737 MAX grounding extended its service until the Covid19 pandemic hit the industry and forced many airlines across the world to retire their largest and oldest aircraft. The final flight AC439 was a short domestic hop from Montreal to Toronto and was operated by C-FTCA, a 31-year-old Boeing 767, which first flew in April 1989. Twenty-five of Air Canada’s mainline Boeing 767-300ER have been transferred to Air Canada Rouge (RV) and remain in service. (Photo Wikimedia Commons / Abdallahh)

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