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Air NZ Boeing 767s take their last flight

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/03/2017

<span style="font-size:13px;">Air New Zealand's stalwart Boeing 767 fleet is to officially retire after more than 30 years in service. The last aircraft makes its final flight on Friday .</span> © AAP Air New Zealand's stalwart Boeing 767 fleet is to officially retire after more than 30 years in service. The last aircraft makes its final flight on Friday . After more than 30 years in service, Air New Zealand is retiring the workhorse Boeing 767 from its fleet.

The final 767-300ER flight, from Sydney, will land in Auckland just before midnight on Friday.

The 767 first flew in 1981 and variants have flown the bulk of Air NZ's long-haul routes since entering service in 1985.

The 767s have also played their part in memorable New Zealand moments, with the aircraft carrying Pope John Paul II between Christchurch and Canberra in 1986 and ferrying the winning America's Cup crew home in 1995, Air NZ said on Friday.

However, a pursuit of greater fuel efficiency has forced the them to make way for modern Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

Air NZ's Captain David Morgan praised the 767's service record and described it as a stalwart.

The airline's two remaining Boeing 767s have been sold and will be converted to freighter aircraft.

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