Union Airlines Boeing 767-300ER (Endgame Promotional)
Boeing 767-300ER | N7617E
General Electric CF6-80C2B4F
Delivered to Union Airlines, 1994
Painted in Special “JP3” Livery, 2001
Repainted to Standard, 2003
Tail-Strike at KIX, 2008
Retrofit with AP Winglets, 2009
Painted in Special “Infinity Gauntlet” Livery, 2018
Painted in Special “Grateful Universe” Livery, 2019
Status: In Service
It is an undeniable fact that the 767 revolutionized passenger travel for everyone since the day it was introduced. For Union, the 767-300ER was truly the key to absolute success in the long-range widebody passenger market. It was small enough to operate where the 747 couldn’t, and it was large enough to service major cities that the 757 or 767-200 simply could not handle. Entering service in 1989 with Union, the -300ER was a smash hit with the company and passengers alike. It was eons more efficient than the DC-10 or L-1011, and it could go even further while burning less fuel. In 2009, the fleet got an upgrade. Aviation Partners released a winglet retrofit to the jet, improving efficiency by a significant margin and slightly extending the range. The 767-300ER fleet would remain a powerhouse within Union for decades, outliving most other jets like the 747 which are the same age. To this day, only 2 Union 767-300ER have ever been retired, with none expecting to retire anytime soon.
This jet, N7617E, had had a pretty productive career spanning from 1994 and is one of the oldest Union jets still around. Delivered in 1994, it started it’s career in normal livery until 2001 when it was painted in a Jurassic Park 3 promotional livery. In 2003 it was repainted to a normal paintjob. In 2008, the jet had a notable tail-strike while departing Osaka but the damage was repairable and the jet was returned to service promptly. In 2009, the plane was fitted with new 6-foot tall winglets, a standard in most 767s today. In 2018 in the wake of Avengers: Infinity War, the plane was painted in a livery that featured patterns of Thanos’s famous Infinity Gauntlet. In 2019, a similar paint was applied to reflect Avengers: Endgame.
A sister jet, N7621E, was destroyed in a hangar in 2008 due to improper jacking. The plane slipped off the jack and had it’s engines completely crushed. No one was injured, but the plane was sold to DFW Airport for use as a fire trainer.