At the time of this article’s publication, the newest Boeing 767 is a -300F variant which was delivered to Denmark’s Maersk Air on September 20th. Indeed, Boeing has been consistently producing and delivering the widebody since 1982. However, for the past eight and a half years, the US manufacturer has only been producing freighters and military tankers utilizing the 767 platform. So which airline ended up taking the last passenger 767? And where is it flying in 2022? Let’s take a look!
The last passenger 767
The last passenger 767 is a 767-300ER registered EI-KEC and operated by Kazakh carrier Air Astana. This airframe has MSN 42223 and Line Number 1068 and is close to eight and a half years of age.
Back in June 2014, this aircraft was delivered factory-fresh from Boeing to Air Astana under the registration P4-KEC and was configured with 30 seats in business class and another 193 economy seats. Indeed, the twinjet widebody has been flying for Air Astana ever since, and continues to do so to this day.
Over its eight or so years of service, there have only been two notable changes to this jet:
- First, in 2020, it was re-configured to be a ‘preighter’ (passenger-freighter). With its passenger seating removed, the airline was used to carry cargo in the main cabin. This went on until August 2021, at which point, its original passenger layout was restored.
- The second change, if you haven’t yet noticed, is its change in registration (despite flying for the same airline). The aircraft had its Aruban “P4” prefix swapped for the EI prefix of Ireland. This change took place in May 2022 and could either indicate a sale-leaseback transaction, or a change in ownership – or just the owner’s decision to switch aircraft registries. It’s difficult to tell specifics, but ch-aviation.com indicates that the aircraft is owned by Zhetysu Aviation Ltd, which is apparently is (or was) a Kazakh airline.
As of May 2022, the jet has accumulated 29,267 flight hours across 8,095 flight hours. This 767’s busiest year was in 2019, when it racked up 4,550 flight hours across 1,156 cycles. Its activity for 2020 was less than half of 2019’s figures.
Where is the aircraft flying these days?
So if one wishes to experience what the youngest passenger Boeing 767 is like, where should they be booking a flight to? Well, according to FlightRadar24.com, the aircraft appears to be based in Almaty, Kazakhstan (ALA). From here, the jet operates service to the following destinations:
- Antalya (AYT)
- Nur-Sultan (NQZ)
- Seoul Incheon (ICN)
From about mid-August up until September 2nd, the jet was flying between Nur-Sultan (NQZ) and Frankfurt (FRA) exclusively – conducting a nearly once-daily round-trip.
EI-KEC is joined by another two passenger 767s in the Air Astana fleet. These were built slightly before EI-KEC and have identical seating configurations. The order for all of these aircraft was placed in March 2012 and was originally meant to be four 767-300ERs and three 787-8s. At the time, it was the largest single order for commercial airplanes in Kazakhstan’s history.
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Sources: Planespotters.net, FlightRadar24.com, BOE Family Flights, ch-aviation.com, Boeing