The Boeing 757 was developed alongside the 767 from the late 1970s, and were a gamechanger for airlines who could take advantage of the amazing capabilities of these aircraft – including long range, passenger capacity and comfort, common two-man cockpits and great economics.
After entering service in 1982, the Boeing 757 went on to fly for many airlines around the world, from major carriers to leisure and low-cost airlines, VIP operators and even military and government users.
Production ended in 2005 after the 1,049th example was delivered.
Today, many still operate, although increasingly in freighter use.
Boeing 757 Variants
The original 757 variant was the -200 model.
The stretched 757-300 was introduced in 1999. It offered greater capacity, but could be operated by the same crews that were licensed on the shorter model. However, only 55 examples were built.
Other 757 variants include freighters (both converted and production examples), and a few 757-200M ‘combi’ variants.
Who Flies the Boeing 757 Today?
The 757 is still, at the time of writing, in use with fewer than 20 passenger airlines.
- Azerbaijan Airlines
- Azur Air
- Azur Air Ukraine (-300 only) (currently suspended)
- Cabo Verde Airlines
- Condor (-300 only)
- Delta Air Lines (-200 and -300)
- GainJet Aviation
- Icelandair (-200 and -300)
- National Airlines
- Northern Pacific Airways (due to start flying)
- Privilege Style
- Sunday Airlines
- Tajik Air
- Titan Airways
- Turkmenistan Airways
- United Airlines (-200 and -300)
- Uzbekistan Airways
Cargo 757 Operators
There are many more airlines flying Boeing 757 freighters today.
The availability of cheap, older airframes makes conversion into cargo carrying affordable and the aircraft able to carry on flying for many more years.
By far the largest operator of Boeing 757s today is FedEx Express, with aircraft positioned at bases around the world.
Cargo 757 operators include:
- Air China Cargo
- Air Transport International
- Amerijet International
- Asia Pacific Airlines
- ASL Airlines Belgium
- Astral Aviation
- Blue Dart Aviation
- China Air Cargo
- China Postal Airlines
- Cygnus Air
- DHL (Austria, Panama and UK divisions)
- European Air Transport (DHL partner)
- FedEx Express
- MIAT Mongolian
- Morningstar Express (FedEx partner)
- SF Airlines
- UPS Airlines
- YTO Cargo Airlines
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