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Memories of the AA Boeing 757 - retired 24 April 2020

Memories of the AA Boeing 757 - retired 24 April 2020

Old Apr 13, 20, 12:00 am
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Memories of the AA Boeing 757 - retired 24 April 2020

The AA unofficial fleet site lists all but one 757s at ROW / Roswell International Air Center, where AA aircraft are retired and go on to careers with other airlines or get scrapped. Link to unofficial American Fleet Site. Boeing 757-223 N173AN flew from BFM / Mobile to ROW / Roswell on Friday April 24, arriving ~5:01 pm local time.



AA 757-223 on final approach, winglets, final color scheme.


The Boeing 757 is the successor to the trijet Boeing 727. Boeing received its first orders in 1978. The prototype flew in February, 1982, was certified the following December. 1,050 were built for 54 customers, and production ended in October 2004. Boeing offered the largest 737 variants as a successor.

The jetliner is powered by two Rolls Royce RB211 turbofans. The 757 retains the Boeing 707 fuselage diameter (along with the 737) and its two-crew glass cockpit allowing common type ratings with the 767 for pilots. The 757 was produced in two lengths, but AA only used the -200, at 155 ft (47.3 m) long (913 built). The 752 seats ~200 passengers in two classes over 3,915 nmi / 7,250 km.

US Airways received its first 747-2B7s in 1984, American Airlines 757-223s in 1988. AA flew TWA 757-231s for a short time, but as they had the Pratt & Whitney PW2037 engines they were eventually sold to Delta.[/url]







AA 757-223 pre-winglets arriving SXM taken from Maho Beach



TW 757-231 in global color scheme, Pratt & Whitney PW2037 engines



US Airways 757-2B1, pre-winglets
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Old Apr 15, 20, 7:12 pm
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American Airlines Boeing 757 Suffers Tail Strike In Las Vegas

Mark Finlay, April 11, 2020; Simple Flying

An American Airlines Boeing 757-200 suffered a tail strike while landing at McCarran International Airport (LAS) in Las Vegas. The incident occurred on March 21st, 2020 with American Airlines flight number AA-2341 flying from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Las Vegas. After the tail strike, American moved the aircraft to Roswell.

According to the aviation-incident website The Aviation Herald, the aircraft registration number N193AN was carrying 50 passengers and eight crew when upon landing, the aircraft struck its tail on the runway surface. According to reports from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the aircraft incurred serious damage and said that it was rating the incident as an accident.During the days that followed, all flights that had been assigned to the aircraft were canceled. American Airlines moved the damaged Boeing 757 to Roswell, New Mexico, on March 25th, presumably for long-term parking. Roswell International Air Center (ROS) was chosen due to its dry climate and amount of available space. Currently, Roswell has 400 planes parked at its 4,000-acre facility but could easily double that figure depending on the size of the aircraft.

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Old Apr 15, 20, 7:42 pm
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The Boeing 757 was a great power aircraft that did so well at hot and high airports such as DEN, MEX, UIO, LPB. Though the interiors were never state of the art, this racehorse of a plane was my favorite for performance. My last 75L (Boeing 757-223(WL) flight was DFW-KEF.

Seatguru seat chart for the AA 757-223 international as configured in 2022:




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Old Apr 15, 20, 8:13 pm
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Is it still possible that some 757s could be reactivated if demand comes back for some long/thin routes to Europe? The A321LR can likely fly from PHL to the British Isles, but a lot of smaller continental Europe destinations would be off the table.

One of the more subtle things to notice is the lack of a stepped climb on take-off, like the 737 has to. Boeing ultimately chose the wrong aircraft to develop into its workhorse, though the 757 was massively over-engined and over-winged, the 737 really can barely fly transcons.
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Old Apr 15, 20, 8:44 pm
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I can recall when BA got their first batch of 757 aircraft and used them on the LHR-GLA shuttle runs. Back then I was used to flying on BAC 1-11, or Hawker Siddely Tridents. I was amazed at how quickly the 757 left the runway and the steep climb that resulted in that pit of your stomach feeling..

My dad worked at Rolls Royce and helped build the engines for the 757 and once went through airport security with some compressor blades in his pocket, but that’s another story.
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Sad. I loved flying these from BOS-LHR with the NGBC seats up front, and when BOS had high quality international flight attendants based there. Felt almost like a private jet. IIRC boarding was sometimes (but not always) from 2L -- nice to turn left on a narrow body
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Old Apr 16, 20, 12:49 am
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Originally Posted by JDiver View Post
The Boeing 757 was a great power aircraft that did so well at hot and high airports such as DEN, MEX, UIO, LPB. Though the interiors were never state of the art, this racehorse of a plane was my favorite for performance. My last 752 flight was DFW-KEF.
I wonder what aircraft they'll be using for JFK->EGE now. :-( I'll miss the ultra premium J interior and the MCE seats in row 9!
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I loved flying the LAA Intl 75Ls.....seats were comfy and there was AVOD built into the J seat (until US Airways ripped them out)....only 16 people up front.....it was a great experience.
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DFW-PHL Jan 2021

My return flight to LHR from HNL in Jan 2021 is the AA413 DFW-PHL. Will the 757 that is advertised on Googleflights for this route be out of service by then?

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Old Apr 16, 20, 3:38 am
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Originally Posted by Mountlodge View Post
My return flight to LHR from HNL in Jan 2021 is the AA413 DFW-PHL. Will the 757 that is advertised on Googleflights for this route be out of service by then?

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Old Apr 16, 20, 4:34 am
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I was on N193AN back in December, first time I'd been on a 757 in years and years. Certainly dated in some regards, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much under-seat storage space there was. Seemed like a good bit more than the 772 I'd just been on back into the country.
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Originally Posted by ExpatExp View Post
... IIRC boarding was sometimes (but not always) from 2L -- nice to turn left on a narrow body
The nicest thing to me is you didn't have the entire plane walking past you, knocking you with their backpacks, rolling over your toes with their carryons, coughing/sneezing on you, etc.
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Old Apr 16, 20, 7:15 am
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Are you sure these have been officially retired and not stored?
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Old Apr 16, 20, 8:03 am
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I loved the 757s, will hate to see them go. I've actually never been on an AA one but countless TW and UA ones. Not only the turn left to enter the front cabin and not have the entirety of economy walking past, but it was a comfortable plane to ride on.
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My last AA 757 flight was DFW-KEF, October 2018. Upgraded to the lie flat J seats - comfortable though less privacy than the widebody J seats. The dinner menu and flight attendant announcements were in English and Icelandic.
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