Fri, 12/01/2017 - 14:55

The Boeing 767 family is a group of twin-engine airplanes designed for medium to long-range flights. These planes have earned a reputation among airlines for being both profitable and comfortable. The main buyers of the different versions of the Boeing 767 are FedEx, UPS, American Airlines, Delta Airlines and International Lease Finance Corporation.

There are three models in the 767 family that remain in production and each caters to a specific market. Boeing 767-300ER is designed for passenger transportation, Boeing 767-300F transports cargo and Boeing 767-2C, which can be adapted to become a KC-46 military tanker. In total, Boeing has delivered 712 C since March 1987 and its backlog amounts to 101 as of September 2017.

Boeing 767-300F has become a favorite in the medium- wide body freighter sector and the company recently delivered its 100th freighter aircraft to UPS. The craft has a payload of 52.5 tons, a total volume capacity of 438m3 and a range of 6,030km. This last aircraft constitutes over 10 percent of the operational Boeing 767s.

These aircraft are kept busy by cargo operators around the world because of the planes’ remarkable operational efficiency, flexibility and intercontinental capability. Each airplane is used on average 10 hours a day. A Boeing 767-300F can reach a speed of Mach 0.80 and can easily reach Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and Guanzhou, China, when parting from Dubai.

The KC-46 Tanker, another plane based on the Boeing 767-2C, is the aircraft that refuels all US military aircraft midflight. It is designed to carry passengers, cargo and patients and according to Boeing, can detect, avoid, defeat and survive threats.

Boeing’s 2016 World Cargo Forecast expects that by 2035 the number of freighter aircraft in service will increase from 1,770 to 3,010. Furthermore, the growth in the medium widebody sector, where Boeing 767-300F thrives, is expected to increase from 580 to 920 aircraft in this same period.