Yesterday Boeing announced  another milestone – it started assembly of the 1,000th 767.  The airplane is destined for ANA in Japan.  ANA ordered its first of 89 767s in 1979 – 31 years ago.

That the 767 is a great airplane is unquestioned.  This was the first long range twin that ultimately dominated service across the Atlantic between North America and Europe.  It had just the right capacity to enable service from “secondary” cities and combined this with really good range.  Most recently there has been a number of operators adding to their 767s to add to this range – much as 757 operators have done.

But even as the 1,000th 767 goes through its birth pangs, the sun might be setting on the program.  This wonderful airplane is about to be eclipsed by the 787.

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