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Britannia adjusts well to 767; although adding widebodied 767s to fleet of 737s was a big task, it went fairly smoothly for the British charter airline.

Britannia adjusts well to 767

Giving a progress report on Britannia Airways' first 18 months of operation with the Boeing 767, Derek Davision, chairman and CEO of the airline, told ATW, "There is no question about it; we would make the same decision (to buy 767s) again.' Britannia became the first airline in Europe to operate the type when it took delivery of the first of four in February last year. It operates them in a singleclass, 273-seat configuration with a 30/31 in. pitch, on "package-holiday' charters, and reported a technical delay rate of 2.24% for '84.

Although Britannia is a big 737 operator, with 23 in the fleet, assimilating its first widebodies was a big task, but went fairly smoothly. The re-writing of the company engineering manual resulted in significant changes to traning and procedures for maintenance personnel, while the planning department worked under considerable pressure to produce new-pattern work cards--a scheme which was later extended to the 737. Some 8,000 new line items had to be placed in store.

The first two 767s had minor flap-extension problems, which were overcome by changing the hydraulic flow regulators. Later, the galley area floor panels deteriorated, and Boeing agreed to replace them to a stronger specification. …

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