Breaking: United to Purchase New 767s? Boeing to Restart Production of Retired Jet?

by Adam

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that United is considering replacing some of their older 767s which are currently flown on transatlantic and South American routes with brand new B767 jets. The average age of United’s current 767 fleet is about 20-years-old.

This would be a huge win for Boeing who ended production of their 767 line three years ago. Apparently, Boeing has been looking for a way to restart the model and this might prove to be the rationale.

Boeing stopped making the passenger version of the twin-aisle plane three years ago but recently increased production of models converted for use as military refueling tankers and freighters. Now the aerospace giant is looking at ways to restart production of a passenger 767 to meet emerging demand from airlines seeking to replace aging wide-body aircraft.

United and Boeing have not yet commented.

Updates to follow…

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Luke Vader November 5, 2017 - 2:52 pm

This could be a brilliant move by both Boeing and United. Boeing can restart their passenger 767 line with modest enhancements like winglets, slightly more fuel efficient engines, LED lighting, etc. and push off for a few more years any decision (and huge capital investment needed) for their MOM / NMA (Middle of Market/New Market Aircraft). On their end, United undoubtedly gets great pricing for being the 767 (MAX?) re-launch customer.

Marty Dee November 5, 2017 - 2:54 pm

The AA domestic 767 is the worst aircraft they have .. No wifi not much if any IFE , powerports ..maybe the United ones would improve on that

George November 5, 2017 - 6:52 pm

I don’t buy it. Boeing is already producing the 787, which is the direct follow-on to the 767 and that program is producing at peak capacity, with the 787-8 orders slowing down faster than Boeing would like. United already operates that aircraftcand it’s larger sibling. The 767 is over 20% less efficient at its job and there’s no reason to order it. The 787 candi everything a 767 can, cheaper. Furthermore, while Boeing will be producing military 767s, they are not the same as civilian ones. They are overpowered and even less efficient than the latest 767-400. It would cost Boeing a lot of money to resume that production and take away the production space from the 787 and 737MAX just for a couple of years and one airline’s orders. Nope. I don’t buy it at all.

StogieGuy7 November 6, 2017 - 10:33 am

If this is true:

1) It makes no sense because what can a 767 do that a 787 can not?

2) Why the 767 and not the 757?? Now there’s a model that has no equivalent replacement. The 757 is most certainly the aircraft line that deserves a reboot and one that would have significant support from multiple airlines. Boeing were foolish in ending production in the first place. Imagine the attractiveness of a 757 MAX!

Sorry, but I’m having trouble swallowing this 767 story. Sounding a bit like the Aviation Onion here.


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