By Bjorn Fehrm
Part 1 of 3
The Boeing 757 was developed in the late 1970s as a replacement for Boeing’s popular 727 mid-range single aisle aircraft. Starting from the smaller 727, it ultimately grew to 180 to 230 seat capacity and US transcontinental range. With initial orders from Eastern Airlines and British Airways, the aircraft nonetheless had poor sales through most of the 1980s, picking up with a surge of orders in 1988-1990 when major deals were announced from American, Delta and United airlines.
Following the 1991 Persian Gulf War and recession, orders plunged until the mid-decade with a respectable resurgence. After 9/11, sales dried up and Boeing terminated the program.
Tags: 737 MAX, 737-9, 757, 757 Winglet, 757W, 777-300ER, A320NEO, A321NEO, Airbus, American Airlines, Boeing, CFM, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, GTF, Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, United Airlines