The Boeing 767 is no longer flying for Hawaiian Airlines, retiring after a run of more than 17 years at the carrier.
The airline’s last 767 widebody was sent into retirement Monday after completing Hawaiian Airlines Flight 19 from Sacramento, California, to Honolulu.
The airline commemorated the retirement with a ceremony at the gate, where Hawaiian employees greeted the flight’s 258 passengers and 10 crew with leis as they deplaned. Hawaiian adds that the aircraft – registration number N594HA – was given a traditional Hawaiian blessing after its arrival to Honolulu.
Hawaiian’s Boeing 767s helped the carrier grow its presence during the 2000s on trans-Pacific flights connecting Hawaii to the U.S. mainland and to Asia and Australia.
Hawaiian’s phase-out of the 767 comes as it has turned to the Airbus A330 for its longest routes and to the Airbus A321neo for some routes between Hawaii and the West Coast. Hawaiian also is scheduled to begin receiving its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners early next decade.
Hawaiian says it used its 767s to launch 16 new nonstop trans-Pacific routes, including new services between Honolulu and Sydney and Brisbane in Australia; Osaka, Tokyo and Sapporo in Japan; and Seoul in South Korea.
“The Boeing 767 was instrumental to our transpacific growth, international expansion and success in introducing millions of guests to this special place we call home,” Hawaiian Airlines CEO Peter Ingram said in a statement to USA TODAY’s Today in the Sky blog. “(Monday’s) 767 retirement marks another chapter in our ongoing fleet modernization program as we continue to take more deliveries of Airbus A321neos and prepare to welcome the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in 2021.”
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Boeing also took note of the 767’s retirement at Hawaiian.
“The Boeing 767 changed the game in the medium widebody market. The airplane enabled Hawaiian to efficiently serve its unique routes and achieve impressive growth over the years,” Randy Tinseth, Boeing’s vice president of commercial marketing, said in a statement. “In 2021, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner brings more range and much greater fuel efficiency. It will again transform Hawaiian’s ability to efficiently and comfortably bring people to and from the beautiful islands of Hawaii.”
And it wasn’t just the Hawaiian 767 that rode off into the sunset on Monday.
Hawaii News Now notes that one of the plane’s pilots also was retiring following the flight from Sacramento.
“It was kinda surreal,” Capt. David Valente said to the network, adding that he’s flown the 767 for nearly a decade and a half. “I’ve been with her since 2001. I’m gonna miss her.”
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