Everything To Know About The Boeing 767 Jet

Detroit native William E. Boeing began his professional life in the lumber industry in Washington State and became fascinated with aviation after a 1910 trip to Southern California. Soon after, he earned his pilot's license but was disappointed with the quality of existing aircraft and set about building his own. The company he formed still bears his name, and as of 2022, $66.61 billion in revenue makes Boeing the world's largest airplane manufacturer. Boeing has its hands in civilian and military airplane design and construction as well as space exploration technology like launch systems, the International Space Station, and the X-37B, the United States' next-generation Space Shuttle.

Today, Boeing makes some of the world's most widely used commercial passenger and cargo planes, like the 747, 777, 787, and 767. Boeing's 737 Max has been in the news lately for a series of mechanical and structural failures, including an incident in January where a refrigerator-sized door plug blew out 16,000 feet over Portland, Oregon. None of the 177 passengers or crew members were injured, but NTSB chair Jennifer Homendy told CNN that it was a "very violent, explosive event" and flight attendants had experienced "a lot of trauma that they are working through."

Though the Boeing 767 has been used as a commercial airliner for companies like United Airlines since the 1980s, it would later be modified into a production freighter for well-known companies like Amazon. The 767 also boasts some innovations that would inspire other jets. 

The 767 offered several improvements over its predecessors

Development of the 767 began along with the 757 in 1978, with United Airlines already committed to buying 30 of the new planes. Boeing had to expand its Everett, Washington facility to build the 767, and it shared many of its design features and key components with the 757. At the time, the 767's computer-assisted cockpit with a digital forward display and extended range that adhered to ETOPS regulation was ahead of its time and contributed to strong initial demand.

The 767 also had a new wing design that provided more lift and, in turn, a quicker ascent and fuel savings of as much as 30%. The 767's ride was also quieter than Boeing's previous aircraft, and the flight deck was similar enough to the 757 that pilots trained on one aircraft could move seamlessly to the other. 

The 767 is now also used to ferry freight for the likes of Amazon and Federal Express or deliver fuel for the United States military and its allies. The last passenger 767 produced is owned by Air Astana, which is based in Kazakhstan. This particular aircraft was delivered in 2014. Today, the 767 still flies for airlines worldwide, including Delta, United, and Japan Airlines.