EVERETT, Wash. —Boeing Co. is starting assembly of its 1,000th 767 jetliner.
Boeing marked the occasion with a ceremony Tuesday at its widebody assembly plant in Everett. The jet is a 767-300 extended range passenger version for All Nippon Airways, to be delivered in February.
The 767, portions of which are built locally by Spirit AeroSystems, first flew in 1981. More than half of those sold have been the 767-300ER model, which can carry 220 passengers.
Orders for 767s have declined in recent years, but Azerbaijan Airlines ordered three in July and Boeing still has a backlog of 44 planes. It's building a new assembly bay for 767s at Everett, in part to free additional space to assemble its new 787 jetliner. Boeing also hopes to land a $35 billion Air Force contract to build aerial tankers based on the 767.