The Boeing 767 Family -- Leading The Way In A Dynamic Market

Production Design Begins in 1978 with an Order from United Airlines

Production design of the 767-200 began in 1978 when an order for 30 short-to-medium-range 767s was announced by United Airlines. The first 767 was completed and rolled out of the Boeing plant in Everett, Wash., on Aug. 4, 1981. The airplane made its initial flight on Sept. 26, 1981.767

The 767-300 program got under way in September 1983. This model is longer than the 767-200 by 10 feet (3.1 m) and has 20 percent more seating capacity (approximately 40 passengers) and 31 percent greater cargo volume. The first 767-300 was delivered to Japan Airlines in September 1986.

The 767’s uniquely low operating costs, are largely responsible for the fragmentation of the North Atlantic markets.

To take advantage of the airplanes’ increased ranges and long, over-water flights, several new features were added: an advanced propulsion system and auxiliary power unit with high-altitude start capability, a fourth hydraulic-motor-driven generator, increased cargo compartment fire-suppression capability and cooling sensors for electronic flight instruments.

The 767 has a long history of leading the way in technological innovation. Included in its list of “firsts” are:

  • First two-crew flight deck on a twin-aisle airplane
  • First common pilot type rating, which is shared with the Boeing 757
  • First vacuum toilet waste system
  • First to use brakes made of carbon fiber
  • First airplane to achieve both 120- and 180-minute ETOPS approval
  • First twin-aisle airplane to offer a choice of three passenger sizes – the 767-200ER, 767-300ER and 767-400ER
  • First large commercial airplane to use efficiency-enhancing “raked” wingtips

Boeing has delivered more than 1,063 767s that are flown by over 120 operators around the world. The 767 family has accumulated more than 17.8 million flights, and has carried millions of passengers. About 3.6 million of the 14.7 million flights were on extended operations (ETOPS) rules.



Typical 3-class configuration
Typical 2-class configuration
Typical 1-class configuration




4,180 feet3
(118.4 m3)

(Maximum thrust)

Pratt & Whitney PW4000
63,300 lb

GE CF6-80C2
62,100 lb

Maximum Fuel Capacity


23,980 U.S. gallons
(90,770 L)

Maximum Takeoff Weight


412,000 lb
(186,880 kg)

Maximum Range


5,990 nautical miles
(11,070 km)
Typical city pairs:
Frankfurt to Los Angeles

Typical Cruise Speed
(at 35,000 feet)

Mach 0.80 (530 mph, 851 kph)

Basic Dimensions


Wing span

156 ft 1 in (47.6 m)

Overall length

180 ft 3 in (54.9 m)

Tail height

52 ft (15.8 m)

Interior cabin width

15 ft 6 in (4.7 m)