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The Boeing 757 is a low-wing twin-jet airliner that was produced by Boeing Commercial Airplanes from 1981 to 2004. The 757 is a narrow-body airliner with the normal configuration being 3 seats on either side of a single aisle. Boeing designed the 757 alongside and slightly behind the Boeing 767. The 767, which is a wide-bodied airliner, and the 757 share many of the same design features in airframe as well as internal systems. This enables pilots to very quickly transfer from one type to the other with minimal retraining.

The 757 was Boeings’ replacement for the 727 which had enjoyed immense popularity and was still the mainstay of many airline fleets around the world. The initial concept floated by Boeing in the mid-1970s was to either create an updated 727, the 727-300, or to create a whole new twin-engined design known as the 7N7. Some interest was shown by United Airlines who provided input for the 727-300. but this died out after a while as airlines were more interested now in the new high by-pass turbofan engines which would not fit the 727 tri-jet.

America West Airlines Boeing 757-225 N915AW October 1996
America West Airlines Boeing 757-225 N915AW October 1996.

The 7N7 was to be a much more modern aircraft taking advantage of new technology and materials. Strangely enough, the T-tail which is a feature of the 727 tri-jet design actually remained one of the last things to be changed. The standard tail section finally adopted enabled a larger passenger capacity as it removed the more tapered rear fuselage design.

The early 1970s oil crisis saw a need to create a new more fuel-efficient design. With a target of a 20% reduction in fuel burn, Boeing set about designing the 757 using new lightweight materials as well as a redesigned wing that produced less drag. The 757 had a high power-to-weight ratio which allowed it to operate efficiently out of hot and high-altitude airfields. It was able to beat its competitors who required longer runways to achieve the same lifting capacity.

On a personal note. I flew on one of British Airways’ first 757s on a Heathrow to Amsterdam flight in the 1980s. The pilot warned that the take-off would be a bit steeper than usual as they were demonstrating what this “sports car” airliner could do. He wasn’t kidding, it felt like we were going ballistic and I had never quite seen the ground at such an angle across the window when taking off on other aircraft. Quite an experience.


demonstrating what this “sports car” airliner could do.


American Airlines Boeing 757-200 N605AA SJC
American Airlines Boeing 757-200 N605AA landing at San Jose, California.

The Boeing 757 was produced in three main variants. The first offering was the 757-200 which was by far the most popular model with 913 having been produced out of a total of 1,050 altogether. The 757-200 came in two configurations. Each had three doors on each side of the fuselage. The base model had a smaller door in addition just behind the wings, whereas the alternative version had two small overwing exits on each side. The type was capable of carrying from 224 to 239 passengers.

There was to be a 757-100, but this was seen as a doubling up on the territory already covered by the Boeing 737. The idea was shelved.

Rolling out of the Renton Factory for the first time on 13 January 1982, the prototype 757 was equipped with Rolls Royce RB211-535C engines. She made her maiden flight a week ahead of schedule on 19 February 1982. The first 5 757s built were used in stringent and punishing flight tests, including; cold climate, hot climate, high altitude airfields as well as route testing. Because of the commonality between the 757 and the 767, a lot of data was able to be cross-referenced between the two during testing. A few minor modifications such as door springs and surface strengthening for bird strikes were made but the results were very pleasing for Boeing. The aircraft came in at 1,630Kg lighter than expected and enjoyed a 3% percent better than expected fuel burn result. This equated to extending the range by 200nm (370Km). Boeing was quick to highlight the economy of its new product.


enjoyed a 3% percent better than expected fuel burn result.


A Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-232 with winglets lands. Delta was one of the largest operators of the 757.
A Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-232 with winglets lands. Delta was one of the largest operators of the 757.

The 757 was initiated by 40 orders from both Eastern Air Lines and British Airways. The launch airline ended up being Eastern Air Lines which received its first Boeing 757 on 22 December 1982. On 01 January 1983, they performed the first scheduled service from Atlanta to Tampa. British Airways followed very shortly after with their introduction of the 757 onto the London to Belfast shuttle service on 09 February 1983. This was the beginning of their phasing out of the Hawker Siddeley Trident 3B.

Boeing 757 Orders and Deliveries.

 Breakdown by aircraft Boeing 757 200 Boeing 757 200PF Boeing 757 300
Orders 914 80 55
Deliveries 914 80 55
Unfilled Orders

Boeing 757 Orders and Deliveries.

Use the filters to isolate the data you want to see. For years, enter in the format of -20 for 2020. For 757 variants enter 757-200.
Customer NameCountryEngineModel SeriesOrder DateOrder TotalDelivery TotalOutstanding
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TransbrasilBrazilNS757-200Apr-80303
TransbrasilBrazilNS757-200Jun-81606
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Air China Southwest BranchChinaRR757-200May-90110
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Air China Southwest BranchChinaRR757-200Aug-91220
Air China Southwest BranchChinaRR757-200Oct-97220
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China Southern AirlinesChinaRR757-200Jan-87330
China Southern AirlinesChinaRR757-200Mar-88220
China Southern AirlinesChinaRR757-200Mar-88220
China Southern AirlinesChinaRR757-200Apr-88110
China Southern AirlinesChinaRR757-200May-90220
China Southern AirlinesChinaRR757-200May-90110
China Southern AirlinesChinaRR757-200May-90220
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China Southern AirlinesChinaRR757-200Aug-91110
China Southern AirlinesChinaRR757-200Sep-88220
China Southern AirlinesChinaRR757-200Sep-88110
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China Xinjiang AirlinesChinaRR757-200Mar-00110
China Xinjiang AirlinesChinaRR757-200Oct-97220
China Xinjiang AirlinesChinaRR757-200Oct-97110
Shanghai AirlinesChinaPW757-200Sep-03330
Shanghai AirlinesChinaPW757-200Sep-03220
Shanghai AirlinesChinaPW757-200Dec-88220
Shanghai AirlinesChinaPW757-200Dec-88110
Shanghai AirlinesChinaPW757-200Dec-91220
Shanghai AirlinesChinaPW757-200Dec-91110
Shanghai AirlinesChinaPW757-200Dec-91110
Shanghai AirlinesChinaPW757-200Dec-91110
Xiamen AirlinesChinaRR757-200Jan-01110
Xiamen AirlinesChinaRR757-200Jan-01110
Xiamen AirlinesChinaRR757-200Aug-91110
Xiamen AirlinesChinaRR757-200Aug-91110
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Xiamen AirlinesChinaRR757-200Oct-89220
Xiamen AirlinesChinaRR757-200Nov-03220
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Condor FlugdienstGermanyRR757-300Dec-96660
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LTUGermanyRR757-200Jan-87110
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LTUGermanyRR757-200Aug-83110
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IcelandairIcelandRR757-200Dec-98110
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DAE Aerospace EnterpriseIrelandRR757-200PFOct-87110
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DAE Aerospace EnterpriseIrelandRR757-200Nov-88110
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DAE Aerospace EnterpriseIrelandRR757-200Nov-88220
DAE Aerospace EnterpriseIrelandRR757-200PFNov-88110
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DAE Aerospace EnterpriseIrelandRR757-200Nov-88440
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GPA GroupIrelandRR757-200Apr-88110
GPA GroupIrelandRR757-200Apr-89220
GPA GroupIrelandRR757-200Apr-89660
GPA GroupIrelandRR757-200Apr-89110
GPA GroupIrelandRR757-200Apr-89220
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EL AL Israel AirlinesIsraelRR757-200Mar-93110
EL AL Israel AirlinesIsraelRR757-200May-93110
EL AL Israel AirlinesIsraelRR757-200Oct-86220
EL AL Israel AirlinesIsraelRR757-200Nov-90110
EL AL Israel AirlinesIsraelRR757-200Dec-90110
Government of MexicoMexicoRR757-200Nov-87110
Royal Air MarocMoroccoPW757-200Feb-86220
Nepal Airlines CorporationNepalRR757-200Feb-86110
Nepal Airlines CorporationNepalRR757-200MFeb-86110
Air Holland LeasingNetherlandsRR757-200Jun-87330
SojitzNetherlandsRR757-200Apr-88110
SojitzNetherlandsRR757-200Apr-88110
Transavia AirlinesNetherlandsRR757-200Apr-94110
Transavia AirlinesNetherlandsRR757-200May-89220
Mid East JetSaudi ArabiaPW757-200Jan-97110
Singapore AirlinesSingaporePW757-200May-83440
Hispania Lineas AereasSpainNS757-200Mar-89202
Iberia AirlinesSpainRR757-200May-90330
Iberia AirlinesSpainRR757-200May-90550
Iberia AirlinesSpainRR757-200May-90880
Iberia AirlinesSpainRR757-200Dec-99880
L.T.E. International AirwaysSpainRR757-200Apr-88110
Far Eastern Air TransportTaiwanPW757-200Nov-94220
Far Eastern Air TransportTaiwanPW757-200Nov-97220
Far Eastern Air TransportTaiwanPW757-200Nov-97220
Far Eastern Air TransportTaiwanPW757-200Nov-97110
Turkmenhowayollary AgencyTurkmenistanRR757-200Oct-95220
Turkmenhowayollary AgencyTurkmenistanRR757-200Dec-99110
Air EuropeUnited KingdomNS757-200Apr-88101
Air EuropeUnited KingdomRR757-200Apr-8813013
Air EuropeUnited KingdomRR757-200Apr-88220
Air EuropeUnited KingdomRR757-200Apr-88440
Air EuropeUnited KingdomRR757-200Apr-88110
Air EuropeUnited KingdomRR757-200May-84110
Air EuropeUnited KingdomRR757-200Jun-87550
Air EuropeUnited KingdomRR757-200Jul-82110
Air EuropeUnited KingdomRR757-200Jul-82110
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Feb-85330
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Feb-86110
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Feb-86110
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Feb-87110
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Feb-87220
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Feb-88220
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Mar-97110
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Mar-97220
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Apr-87330
British AirwaysUnited KingdomNS757-200Aug-78202
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Aug-78880
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Aug-78440
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Aug-78550
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Aug-85330
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Aug-87330
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Aug-98220
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Sep-90220
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Sep-90220
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Sep-90110
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Sep-96330
British AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200Oct-88110
Electra Aviation LimitedUnited KingdomRR757-200Apr-88101
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Monarch AirlinesUnited KingdomRR757-200Aug-84110
Monarch AirlinesUnited KingdomRR757-200Dec-86110
MyTravel AirwaysUnited KingdomRR757-200May-96110
Rolls-Royce A/C ManagementUnited KingdomRR757-200Aug-98440
Thomas Cook AirlinesUnited KingdomRR757-300May-00220
Thomson Airways - Duplicate (IUnited KingdomNS757-200Nov-87101
TUI Travel PLCUnited KingdomRR757-200Jan-93440
TUI Travel PLCUnited KingdomRR757-200Jan-93110
TUI Travel PLCUnited KingdomRR757-200May-01330
TUI Travel PLCUnited KingdomRR757-200May-01110
TUI Travel PLCUnited KingdomRR757-200Dec-86110
TUI Travel PLCUnited KingdomRR757-200Dec-91330
TUI Travel PLCUnited KingdomRR757-200Dec-91330
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Air FloridaUSARR757-200Jul-81202
Aloha AirlinesUSANS757-200Apr-80303
America West AirlinesUSARR757-200Feb-87110
America West AirlinesUSARR757-200Feb-87330
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American AirlinesUSARR757-200Mar-89660
American AirlinesUSARR757-200May-88880
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American AirlinesUSARR757-200Jun-91660
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American AirlinesUSARR757-200Nov-96660
American AirlinesUSARR757-200Nov-00110
American AirlinesUSARR757-200Dec-00110
ATA Airlines, Inc.USARR757-200Jan-00220
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ATA Airlines, Inc.USARR757-300Jun-00550
ATA Airlines, Inc.USARR757-200Aug-98110
ATA Airlines, Inc.USARR757-200Aug-98220
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ATA Airlines, Inc.USARR757-200Sep-94220
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ATA Airlines, Inc.USARR757-200Dec-99110
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Delta Air LinesUSAPW757-200Dec-99110
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Eastern Air LinesUSARR757-200Feb-80110
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Eastern Air LinesUSARR757-200Jul-80220
Eastern Air LinesUSARR757-200Aug-78220
Eastern Air LinesUSARR757-200Aug-7813130
Eastern Air LinesUSARR757-200Aug-78440
Eastern Air LinesUSARR757-200Aug-78220
GATX Financial CorporationUSARR757-200Jul-96110
GATX Financial CorporationUSARR757-200Dec-99220
International Lease Finance CoUSAPW757-200Jan-90110
International Lease Finance CoUSARR757-200Jan-90110
International Lease Finance CoUSARR757-200Jan-90330
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International Lease Finance CoUSAPW757-200Jun-93110
International Lease Finance CoUSAPW757-200Jun-93110
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Although orders looked promising to start with for the Boeing 757, the early 80s saw a bit of a drought in sales. Fuel prices had recovered from their early 70s spike and airlines were happy to sit on their older technology aircraft such as the Boeing 727, Douglas DC9, etc.. These aircraft were cheaper to buy and fuel economy was not as critical as it had been. Just as the critical decision was about to be made to slow down production, a turnaround came. In the U.S.A., congestion at airline hubs was becoming a problem and this spurred the demand for larger aircraft to carry more passengers on fewer flights. At the same time, noise regulations were coming into force at most airports and this was a problem for the older first-generation jet airliners.

An order of 20 aircraft by Northwest Airlines saved the day and production continued in full swing.


20 aircraft by Northwest Airlines saved the day


British Airways Boeing 757-200. British Airways was the second airline to fly the 757 and the first outside the U.S.A.
British Airways Boeing 757-200. British Airways was the second airline to fly the 757 and the first outside the U.S.A.

A month later Boeing announced a new variant, the 757-200PF. This was a freighter model and 20 were ordered by UPS Airlines.

The Boeing 757-200 was initially designed for short to medium-haul routes as a replacement for the 727, however, airlines started to use the 757 for everything from high-density short shuttle routes to intercontinental trans-Atlantic routes.

The popularity of the 757 prompted Boeing to investigate further variants. It was their only single-aisle airliner that so far had not been offered in a stretched version. They looked at a 757X which would be a longer-range version but this met with little interest. The pressure was on to raise the capacity of the 757, particularly by European charter airlines who were already enjoying the longer range of this model.

Boeing 757-200PF Freighter in DHL livery
Boeing 757-200PF Freighter in DHL livery.

At the Farnborough Airshow of September 1996, Boeing announced the plans for the 757-300. This variant would be 7.13 Metres (23 Feet 5 In.) longer than the 757-200. The project was kicked off by an order from Condor Flugdienst for 12 airframes.

A record-breaking 27 months from launch to certification saw the 757-300 rollout of the factory on 31 May 1998 and take its maiden flight on 02 August 1998. Condor put the type into service on 19 March 1999.


record-breaking 27 months from launch to certification


RNZAF(Royal New Zealand Air Force) Boeing lands at Pegasus Airfield on the Ross Ice Shelf during its maiden flight to Antarctica.
RNZAF(Royal New Zealand Air Force) Boeing lands at Pegasus Airfield on the Ross Ice Shelf during its maiden flight to Antarctica.

Whilst a few buyers were found for the Boeing 757-300, the sales never reflected those of the 757-200, with 55 sold in total. By November of 1999 Boeing was forced to review the overall production of the 757 as sales started to slow down.

In the early 2000s Boeing once again floated the idea of a long-range 757 version but this was once again met with little interest. A concerted sales effort gained a few more sales but the 757 was winding down. Airlines seemed once again to be gravitating toward smaller airliners like the Airbus A320 and the Boeing 737 which were being offered in a range of sizes. Boeing was also looking toward an all-new airliner which would eventually become the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Something Boeing had never done before, was to dabble in the airliner conversion space. In March of 2001, they produced the first 757-200SF which was a second-hand 757-200 converted to a freighter. Various modifications to the 200 enabled this to carry cargo on the main deck and hold below. Its capacity was nearly as high as the 757-200PF which was a purpose-built freighter.  FedEx Express was a large customer for the type, spending US$2.4 Billion to replace their old 727s with 80 757-200SF conversions.  By the middle of 2015, there were still 173 of the type in service.


Something Boeing had never done


Icelandair Boeing 757-256 named Hekla Aurora registration TF-FIU first flew 08 April 1994.
Icelandair Boeing 757-256 named Hekla Aurora registration TF-FIU first flew 08 April 1994.

Boeing 757 Specs

Model / Variant 757-200 757-200PF 757-300
Flight Crew  2
Length  47.3 metres (124 feet)  54.47 metres (178 feet 8 inches)
Wing Span  38.05 Metres (124 feet 10 inches)
Tail height  13.56 Metres (44 feet 6 inches)
Cabin Length (external)  36.09 Metres (118 feet 5 inches)  43.21 Metres (141 feet 9 inches)
Cabin Width (internal) 3.54 Metres (11 feet 6 inches)
Passenger Capacity Mixed Class 200 / Single Class 239 Nil Mixed Class 243 / Single Class 295
Empty Weight 57,840 kg (127,520 lb) 64,590 kg (142,400 lb)
Maximum Take-off Weight (MTOW) 115,680 kg (255,000 lb) 123,600 kg (272,500 lb)
Take-off Distance at ISA, Sea level, MTOW, using RB211-535E4B Engines 1,981 m (6,500 ft) 2,377 Metres (7,800 ft)
Service Ceiling 42,000 ft (12,800 m)
34,100 feet (10,400 m) cruise altitude
Maximum Cruising Speed Mach 0.86 (493 knots, 913 km/h at 35,000 ft (11,000 m) cruise altitude)
at an altitude of 34,100 feet (10,400 m)
Cruising Speed Mach 0.80 (458 knots, 850 km/h at cruise altitude of 35,000 ft or 10,660 m)
at an altitude of 34,100 feet (10,400 m)
Maximum Range Fully Laden 7,222 km (3,900 nm)
7,600 km (4,100 nm) with winglets
5,834 km (3,150 nm) 6,287 km (3,395 nm)
6,658 km (3,595 nm) with winglets
Fuel Capacity 43,490 Ltr (11,489 US gal) 42,680 Ltr (11,276 US gal) 43,400 Ltr (11,466 US gal)
Engines x 2 Rolls-Royce RB211 or
Pratt & Whitney PW2037
PW2040
Rolls-Royce RB211
Pratt & Whitney PW2037,
PW2040,
PW2043
Engine Thrust PW: 36,600–42,600 lbf (162.8–189.4 kN)
RR: 37,400–43,500 lbf (166–193.5 kN)
Model / Variant 757-200 757-200PF 757-300

The 757 was seen as a success for Boeing and was very popular in both Europe and North America. The largest operators of the type as of 2015 are Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and FedEx Express. Delta is the largest with 138 aircraft in its fleet. Other past big customers for the 757 are American Airlines and Northwest Airlines.

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