On June 2nd, 2020, Air Canada retired the last aircraft in its mainline Boeing 767 fleet, as Rapidair flight AC439 took off from Montreal to Toronto.
The 767s have been a staple carrier for Air Canada for almost 40 years, since the very first one was delivered back in 1982. From that yer all the way up until 1996, Air Canada accepted 25 more 767s, and another 23 in 2001 when the company merged with Canadian Airlines.
On July 1st, 2013 (Canada Day), Air Canada Rouge came into the picture, with a total of four aircraft, of which two were 767s flying to Edinburgh, Venice, and Athens. From there, Air Canada Rouge continued to expand, eventually adding 25 of the long-range 767-300ERs that served mainly European and sun destinations. Last month, Air Canada announced that the 767s from Air Canada Rouge would also be retired from service.
Did you know?
- Last year, Air Canada's Boeing 767 Fin 682 (C-FCAE) recorded more than 138,000 flying hours before it was retired on August 1, 2019, making it the world leader in terms of flying hours for the fleet type!
- The longest scheduled nonstop flight by an Air Canada 767 was Toronto to Tokyo, which lasted 13:45 and covered 10,324 kilometres!
- Air Canada's Boeing 767 was part of many special operations during its service, including the annual Dreams Take Flight special charity flights from eight cities across Canada.
- The very first air-to-ground telephone service by a Canadian airline was offered onboard a 767 on Feb. 9th, 1986, during AC915 between Miami to Toronto.
Don't miss a single travel story: subscribe to PAX today!