The 'wide body' 767 project was launched in July 1978, similtaneously with the 757. United Airlines was the 767 launch customer. The prototype was rolled out on August 4, 1981 and first flew on September 26. The 767-100 and 767-200 versions were to be developed at the same time, but the shorter -100 was not produced, being superceded by the -200 with two gross weight versions. The twin engine design allowed for 7 abreast seating with two aisles - meaning no passenger needed to be more than one seat from the aisle. The aircraft is part of the modern generation incorporating a variety of composites in its construction, and utilising electronic flight information systems through the so called 'glass cockpit' technology. Components are produced in a variety of countries (including Pacific Aerospace Corporation in Hamilton, NZ), before assembly at the Boeing plant in Seattle. The -200ER or 'extended range was introduced in 1984 following changes to international rules allowing ETOPS (extended range twin operations). The major change was to the MTOW allowing more fuel to be carried. The -300 was announced in 1983 and appeared in 1986. This version was stretched by 6.42m allowing an extra 45 passengers (up to 290 passengers total) and also provided more engine options. The -300ER was introduced later in the same year flying in November and being certified in the following May - although it did not go into service until 1988 when it joined American Airlines. A -300F frieghter was introduced in 1995, with the first customer being UPS.
Although the aircraft was originally aimed at the US domestic market, as a one-stop transcontinental airliner, ETOPS capability has made it popular with international carriers. Since 1985 Air New Zealand has acquired a number of -200ER and -300ER model aircraft along with several leased aircraft. Many of the aircraft have been named after earlier TEAL (Air New Zealand's forerunner) aircraft (such as Aranui and Ararangi). Air New Zealand operates the aircraft in a two class configuartion with up to 249 passengers on the 767-319.
Currently operated aircraft include:
- ZK-NBA (c/n 23326, ex N6018N, VH-RMC, HB-IIX) 767-219 Rolled out on July 25, 1985, with the first flight following on August 14. Delivered September 3, 1985 and registered to Air New Zealand Ltd on September 4. Named 'Aoteoroa'. The registration was withdrawn on June 27, 1997 and the aircraft flew to Australia the following day as VH-RMC for Ansett International. Subsequently operated by Swiss World, the aircraft returned to New Zealand on December 11, 1998 and re-entered the register on April 9, 1999.
- ZK-NBB (c/n 23327, ex N6055X) 767-219 Rolled out on January 10, 1986, with the first flight following on February 11. Registered to Air New Zealand Ltd on March 4, 1986 and delivered to Auckland on March 6. Named 'Arahina'.
- ZK-NBC (c/n 23328, ex N6009F) 767-219 Rolled out on July 22, 1986, with the first flight following on August 8. Registered to Air New Zealand Ltd on September 8, 1986 and delivered to Auckland on September 11. Named 'Atarua'. Carried out special Trans-Tasman flights on September 14 to assist with a 747 engine change. Began regular services on September 26, 1986. The aircraft itself required assistance after an incident at Nadi on March 9, 1991. After skidding off the runway after landing in heavy rain, both engines injested debris and required replacement.
- ZK-NBJ (c/n 23250, ex N6066U, G-BLKW) 767-204 Rolled out on February 19, 1985, with the first flight on March 8. Delivered to Britannia Airways on March 25. 1985 and operated under lease from several owners until September 1990. Delivered to Auckland on September 22, 1990 and registered to Air New Zealand on September 26. Ownership again changed on May 14, 1992. The aircraft has been leased to LOT (Polskie Linie Lotnicze) on a number of occassions between May and October including 1992,1993, and 1994, and also back to Britannia Airways in 1997.
- ZK-NCE (c/n 24875, ex ) 767-319 Rolled out on May 1, 1991 with the first flight on May 14. Handed over to International Lease Finance Corp on June 14, and registered to Air New Zealand the same day. Delivered to Auckland under lease on June 15, 1991.
- ZK-NCF (c/n 24876, ex ) 767-319 Rolled out on January 3, 1992 with the first flight on January 17. Handed over to International Lease Finance Corp on February 14, and registered to Air New Zealand the same day. Delivered to Auckland under lease on February 17, 1992.
- ZK-NCG (c/n 26912, ex ) 767-319 Rolled out on July 13, 1993 with the first flight on July 28. Registered to Air New Zealand on August 11, 1993 and delivered to Auckland the following day.
- ZK-NCH (c/n 26264, ex ) 767-319 Rolled out on September 13, 1994 with the first flight on September 27. Registered to Air New Zealand (leased from International Lease Finance Corp) on October 10, 1994 and delivered to Auckland the following day. At delivery had completed 19 hours/ 8 cycles. Entered service on October 18, 1994. The aircraft suffered aileron damage at Brisbane on July 6, 1997 when a tyre shredded during takeoff. The aircraft made a precautionary landing, and after repairs was back in service the next day.
- ZK-NCI (c/n 26913, ex N6009F) 767-319 Rolled out on October 16, 1994 with the first flight on October 27. Registered to Air New Zealand on November 8, 1994 and delivered to Auckland the following day. At delivery had completed 27 hours/ 12 cycles. Entered service on November 15, 1994.
- ZK-NCJ (c/n 26915, ex ) 767-319 Delivered to Auckland on April 22, 1995 and registered to Air New Zealand on April 24. At delivery had completed 33.5hours/ 22 cycles. Entered service on April 28, 1995.
- ZK-NCK (c/n 26971, ex ) 767-319 Registered to Air New Zealand on June 23, 1997 and delivered to Auckland the following day.
- ZK-NCL (c/n 28745, ex ) 767-319 First flight October 14, 1997. Registered to Air New Zealand on October 29, 1997 and delivered to Auckland the following day.
- ZK-NCM (c/n 26839, ex N60659, N800CZ) 767-35H First flight October 7, 1992. The aircraft was leased to China Southern Airlines from October 1992 until April 1996. Registered to Air New Zealand on April 4, 1996 and delivered under lease to Auckland on April 13.
Previously operated aircraft include:
- ZK-NBD (c/n 23058, ex N6013N, LN-SUW, N768BE, PR-VNM) 767-205 First flown September 12, 1984. Delivered to Braathans (Oslo) on September 28, 1984. Registered to Varig SA (Rio de Janeiro) on September 15, 1986 and delivered four days later. Delivered to Auckland as N768BE on October 20, 1987 and registered to Air New Zealand on October 28. Flown in Varig colours with Air New Zealand titles until late 1988. Named 'Aparima'. In an incident over the Southern Alps on September 7, 1988 the aircraft experienced a severe downdraught and 6 crew and 3 passengers were injured. Last service flown June 22, 1990. Registration withdrawn on July 4, 1990 and the aircraft departed Auckland on July 8 as DQ-FJA.
- ZK-NBE (c/n 24150, ex N6038E) 767-219 Rolled out on August 25, 1988, with the first flight following on September 13. Registered to Air New Zealand Ltd on September 26, 1988, and delivered under lease (from International Finance Corp) to Auckland on September 29. Named 'Aranui'. Entered service on October 4, 1988, and made its final revenue flight on April 8, 1993. The aircraft departed from Auckland on May 4, 1993 to join Trans Brasil Airlines as PT-TAG. The New Zealand registration was withdrawn on May 6, 1993.
- ZK-NBF (c/n 22681, ex B-1836) 767-209 Rolled out on June 8, 1982 (18th off the line), with the first flight following on November 23. Delivered to China Airlines on December 20, 1982. Sold to United Aviation Services and leased back. Made its final service on December 21, and was transferred to Intercredit Corporation on December 27, 1989 who then leased the aircraft to Air New Zealand. Registered to Air New Zealand on December 30, 1989, and delivered to Auckland the same day. Converted to 767-200ER before entering service. Named 'Ararangi'. Final service on April 12, 1995 and the aircraft was flown to Sydney on April 18 for repainting. The aircraft returned on June 2 having completed 18,961 hours/ 6769 cycles for Air New Zealand. The lease was terminated on June 7, 1995 and the aircraft flown to Canada on June 8. The registration was withdrawn on June 12, 1995 and the aircraft became C-FVNM.
- ZK-NBH (c/n 22682, ex N1781B, B-1838) 767-209 Rolled out on May 17, 1983 (60th off the line), with the first flight following on June 10. Delivered to China Airlines on June 27, 1983. Sold to United Aviation Services and leased back. Made its final service on November 21. Registered to Air New Zealand on December 1, 1989 and delivered under lease to Auckland the next day. Ownership was transferred to Intercredit Corporation on December 15, 1989. Converted to 767-209ER before entering service. Named 'Awatere'. Last service made on November at which time the aircraft had completed 18,095 hours/ 6,323 cycles for Air New Zealand. The aircraft departed from Auckland on February 15, 1995 and the registration was withdrawn the following day. The aircraft became N682SH.
- ZK-NBI (c/n 23072, ex N6067E, G-BLKV) 767-204 Built November 1984. First flight January 11, 1985, and delivered to Britannia on February 11. Subsequently leased to Lloyd Aereo Boliviano and Aero Peru. Ownership changed to United Aviation Services on March 28, 1990. Delivered to Auckland on May 21, 1990 under lease and converted by Air New Zealand to 767-204ER status. Registered to Air New Zealand on June1, 1990, and entered service on June 29. The aircraft was leased to Air Aruba between May and November 1992. Final service was made on June 8, 1997, and the lease was terminated on June 30. The registration was withdrawn on July 3, 1997 and the aircraft departed the same day to join Air Europa as EC-GOJ.
Air New Zealand have also operated a number of leased aircraft which were not entered on the New Zealand register, including G-BNYS, and SP-LPA.
Last Update:- 14 December, 1999
Data is for the 767-300
- Accommodation : 2 crew + ? attendants + 230 passengers
- Span : 47.57m (156'1ft)
- Length : 54.94m (180'3ft)
- Height : 15.83m (52'0ft)
- empty : 86,954kg (191,700lb)
- max : 159,211kg (351,000lb)
- Power Plant : 2x 27635kg (60800lb st) GE80C2B6 turbofans
- Performance :
- max speed : 906km/h (566mph)
- max climb : ft/min (m/min)
- ceiling : 42,650ft (13,000m)
- range : 5965km (3730miles)
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