CENTURY 21 JET
In 1982, Boeing called the 767 an “airplane for Today—and Tomorrow.” The 767 was the first cost-effective airliner designed after fuel prices soared in the early 1970s, and it marked a new efficiency in jet technology. Innovations included fuel savings – 30 percent better than the older jets it replaced, quieter engines, an electronic flight deck and improved passenger comfort.
“Best” no longer meant “biggest.” The 210-passenger 767 filled the size gap between the medium-range Boeing 727 and the wide-body Lockheed L-1011 in Delta’s fleet. By 2006 when The Spirit of Delta retired, Delta had flown 112 of these planes, the world’s largest fleet of 767s.