Welcome to my Delta Airlines Boeing 767-400ER trip report!
Flying the Boeing 767-400ER was one of the agendas for this trip and there are 2 airlines to choose from, United Airlines and Delta Airlines. United at that time flew the 764 mainly on Transatlantic and a few transcontinental routes but none on the EWR-LAX/SFO routes and because Delta Airlines scheduled this aircraft on the JFK-LAX route, I decided to fly with the skyteam member.
Initially my itinerary was JFK-LAX on the 764 and SFO-JFK on the 752, but the airline changed my flights and aircraft types a lot of times, I had to pay a small fee for the price difference a few times before finally settling for JFK-LAX-MSP-LGA. The flights I chose on the 764 kept changing to 763 and at that time, when my 752 was changed to 763 on the SFO-JFK route, I decided to switch back to LAX to New York on the return and add an additional flight SFO-LAX with Alaska. Fortunately I got my 767-400ER on the day of departure and here goes my trip report! The Boeing 767-300ER dominates most of the flights flying out of JFK to SFO/LAX and it seems that the Boeing 757-200 do fly on the JFK-SFO sector, you need to keep checking the schedule.
The history of the Boeing 767-400ER
This specially painted scheme did a world tour including a stop-over in Singapore to promote the aircraft to the major airlines, unfortunately no further order of this aircraft.
Photo: Andrew Hunt
This stretched version was launched in March 1997, with Delta Airlines the first airline to commit to this aircraft type. Continential Airlines was the only other airline to order this as both airlines needed an aircraft to replace the DC-10 fleet. What's unique about this aircraft? This aircraft results in 2 fuselage stretches from the Boeing 767-200 varient, with an addition of raked wingtips similar to the Boeing 777-200LR/-300ER. This aircraft is considered different from the 767-300ER as it features an updated cockpit , redesigned (heavier) landing gear and the 777-style Signature interior. The engines are also uprated, however the fuel capacity was not bigger than the older 767 types. A longer version of the 767-400ERX was offered, however it was cancelled due to the lack of interest in the aircraft. The launch of the Boeing 787 ended the production of the 767-400ER. A total of 37 Boeing 767-400ER were built and delivered to Continental and Delta Airlines and later on, another 767-400ER was built as a military testbed and was sold as a VIP aircraft. Total number of 767-400ER ended up as 38. The Airbus A330-200 is the closest competitor and is more popular among the airliners than this aircraft type.
This is the VIP Boeing 767-400ER. (Photo by Petr Simacek)
A little tour in New York City
I ended up spending 2 days touring around New York as my Southwest flights on the 2nd day were cancelled due to bad weather in Tampa and New York that evening. More information on that on my next blog post.
New York is one of the cities that I always wanted to go, mainly due to the familar scenes that appears on the big screens frequently. Here are some photos of the places that I went.
The famous Statue of Liberty
What's inside the seat pocket?