Boeing’s 757, now out of production, seems to be enjoying a revival as the stand-in for Boeing’s upcoming 787 Dreamliner on transoceanic routes.
Delta, Northwest, US Airways and Continental are using their 757s in smaller international markets. Fortunately for those of us on the West Coast, the 757 doesn’t have the range to fly the nine and ten-hour routes from here to Europe.
But from the East Coast, airlines are increasingly putting 757s into service to cross the Atlantic.
The addition of blended winglets from Aviation Partners Boeing gives the 757 the extra range and fuel economy to make it an attractive platform for transoceanic flights.
The downside of the 757’s use as an international carrier is that it’s a single-aisle aircraft with all of the issues that go with it: relatively cramped seats, fewer restrooms and aisles that can be blocked by a beverage cart.
On the West Coast, we’re not unaffected by this trend. Northwest is flying most of its Hawaiian routes, which formerly were handled by twin aisle 747s or DC-10s, with single-aisle 757s.
As the 787 Dreamliner begins service, some airlines may replace the aging 757s with the modern twin-aisle 787s.