Here’s where Delta Airlines flies its pink Boeing 767 plane

One of Delta Air Lines’ various special liveries is known as the “Pink Plane”, as it commemorates the Atlanta-based SkyTeam founding member’s partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Although it has been used for special services, such as Delta’s annual breast cancer survivor flight, it spends most of its time flying normal long-haul routes. But where exactly? Let’s take a look and find out.


A brief history

Let’s start by establishing the nature of the aircraft in question. The former US carrier’s current “Pink Plane” is a Boeing 767-400ER with registration N845MH. Data from ATDB.aero shows the jet to be over 20 years old, having first flown on April 4, 2002. It was delivered to Delta Air Lines 11 days later.

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The N845MH did not always have a special livery. Indeed, the Delta Flight Museum reports that it first received a pink paint job in June 2010, supporting the breast cancer awareness group Force For Global Good. This striking pattern was present for more than five years, before the 767 finally received a repaint in 2015.

In September of that year, it received a new livery, while retaining its “pink aircraft” status. This paint job is a visual indicator of Delta’s partnership with BCRF, which has been going on since 2005. According to the charity’s website, the partnership has raised nearly $20 million, funding nearly $400,000. hours of research.

Where is he flying?

So with that in mind, where are you most likely to see the N845MH on your travels? According to data generated a week ago at the time of writing by RadarBox.com, the aircraft appears to be based between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and New York JFK. Indeed, it had respectively 350 (27%) and 265 (20.5%) flights to these hubs, in the last 12 months.

Meanwhile, the most frequent non-US destination served by the pink plane is London Heathrow Airport (LHR), whose 146 flights last year (11.3% of total N845MH activity) on rank third. That puts it just ahead of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which recorded 140 (10.8%) flights involving N845MH.

After LAX, there is a significant drop, with the second highest airport being fifth Las Vegas Harry Reid International (LAS) on 60 flights (4.6%). Rounding out the top 10, we have three international destinations and two in the United States. In descending order, they are Madrid Barajas (40), San Diego International (39), Nice Côte d’Azur (28), Buenos Aires Ezeiza (25) and Seattle Tacoma (24).

N845MH often operates transatlantic flights. Photo: Delta Airlines

Other usage data

In terms of more general aircraft usage, RadarBox data shows that the N845MH has flown 3,915 hours in 647 flights over the past year. This gives it an average distance and duration of 2,660 NM (4,926 km) and 6.1 hours respectively. In terms of daily use, this equates to an average of 12.1 hours per day.

Those numbers put it just below its lifetime annual averages, as detailed by ch-aviation.com. Indeed, the site reports that in its two decades of flight, the N845MH averaged 4,035 hours on 687 flights per year. That being said, it currently exceeds its lifetime average daily usage (11 hours and three minutes).

Did you know the Boeing 767 in BCRF colors from Delta Air Lines? Maybe you even flew on it yourself? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments!

Sources: ATDB.aero, BCRF, ch-aviation.com, Delta Flight Museum, RadarBox.com

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