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Qantas Boeing 767-300ER
Qantas Boeing 767-300ER VH-ZXE.
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Video: Qantas Boeing 767 retirement featured on CBS show 60 Minutes

Qantas first introduced the Boeing 767 in to its fleet, with the smaller -200 variant, taking delivery of VH-EAJ on July 3, 1985. On August 30, 1988 it inducted its first 767-300ER VH-OGA. Over the years the carrier has been steadily retiring its 767 fleet. The airline now operates the 767-300ERs only on domestic routes having already retired the venerable twin-jet from international service on September 14 when it replaced the type on the Honolulu flights. The last commercial flight of the Qantas Boeing 767 will be QH490 from Melbourne to Sydney on December 27, 2014.

The retirement of any aircraft is a nostalgic affair, especially to aviation enthusiasts. We get excited when the world’s most popular news magazine show, CBS’s 60 Minutes did a segment on the retirement of VH-OGG a Boeing 767-338ER named City of Rockhampton belonging to Australian national airline Qantas, construction number 24929, the 343rd 767 built, delivered to the airline in December 1990. In 2013 VH-OGG featured a promotional livery for Disney’s movie Planes. You can see photos of the special livery here.

CBS 60 Minutes video segment

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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