While the 757 program was a resounding financial success, sales dwindled during the late 1990s, eventually forcing Boeing to cease production. The 1,050th and last 757, destined for Shanghai Airlines, rolled off the production line at Renton on October 28, 2004 and was delivered to the customer in April, 2005 after several months of storage. In the short term, the 757-200 has been succeeded by the 737-900ER, touted by Boeing as filling in the range and capacity gap previously filled by the former aircraft. In the long term, the 757 is to be succeeded by the Y1. Variants of the Boeing 787 may also take on the 757's routes.
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Originally Posted by AlaskaAir738
In the late 1990s, Boeing was considering possible variants of the 757, which for 18 years had been the only Boeing narrow-body jet not to receive a stretched variant. Rumors of a long-range -200X and stretched -300X circulated at the time, but no formal announcements had been made. In 1996, Boeing finally announced the stretched 757-300 program at the Farnborough air show. The program was intended to be the shortest development program in Boeing history, with 27 months targeted between launch and certification. The 757-300 was launched with an order for 12 aircraft from Condor Airlines. The first 757-300 was rolled out on May 31, 1998, and completed its maiden flight on August 2, 1998. Following regulatory certification in January 1999, the aircraft entered service with Condor on March 19, 1999.
Yup. I even had another new unactivated Tracfone ready. Unfortunately, I was running out of time or I would have arranged the charity giveaway. I had to reschedule my departure flights 3 times within a week, while still packing. But that's another (long) story for another day.
Those (spoiled) rich kids just couldn't handle my penny-saving strategies & tips. Sigh!