I flew on United's aging Boeing 767-300ER from Boston to London in economy and the updated cabin made the plane feel like new

The aircraft has served the company as an international workhorse for decades. Many of its examples are over 30 years old.

United 767-300.

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During the pandemic, both American Airlines and Delta Air Lines announced they would retire 767 planes, with American actually permanently parking its fleet in 2020.

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While Delta originally said it would retire 767 planes by the end of 2025, president Glen Hauenstein said the carrier would continue operating them past that date, telling Airline Weekly that “you don’t want to get yourself in a box where you’ve committed specifically.”

Delta Boeing 767-300ER.

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Before Delta’s announcement that it would continue flying the 767, Cowen analyst Helane Becker said in August 2020 that she believed United would follow American and Delta and “likely retire its 767 fleet” in favor of jets with a lower operating cost.

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However, despite their age, United CCO Andrew Nocella said in a 2021 quarter two earnings call that the plane could fly for another “30 years or more.”

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“I’ll give kudos to our maintenance team for keeping these aircraft in great shape, to allow us to have that option,” he said. “So we do have optionality to fly these aircraft longer than I think people automatically assume.”

United 767.

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The investment in the 767 suggests the plane’s significance in the fleet, especially as the company faces strong post-pandemic demand.

United 767.


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