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The Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320 have become number one workhorses for airlines on their short and medium-haul routes. But overshadowed by workhorses fame, there is one more piece of the puzzle – the Boeing 757. With unprecedented specs, the aircraft offers something irreplaceable.

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Boeing has released five different variants of the 757: the -200, -200PF, -200M, -200SF and the -300. The most popular variant is the 757-200, which seats from 200 to 228 passengers and has a range of 5 100 kilometers (3 200 miles) or 7 200 kilometers (4 500 miles), depending on the cabin configuration. To power it, airlines could choose between two engines – either the Rolls-Royce RB211 or Pratt & Whitney PW2000.

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But at first, airlines were not too keen on the 757. Boeing struggled for orders in the early 80s – until an order boom in 1988 kick-started its life once again. With 1049 deliveries, the Boeing 757 was never the hottest thing on the market, but it found its place under the sun. Boeing delivered the final 757 to Shanghai Airlines on November 28, 2005. Even 14 years later, the aircraft is still being used widely today – both for passenger and freight services.

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The aviation industry entered a slump after September 11, 2001, attacks and airlines once again backed away from the 757. Carriers swayed towards smaller narrow-bodies – the 737 and the A320. With only seven orders from 2002 till 2003, Boeing announced the end of the 757 program on October 17, 2003. 

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Nevertheless, some airlines find the Boeing 757 irreplaceable to this day. Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Icelandair, Jet2, La Compagnie, TUI, United Airlines are some of the biggest and most popular airlines that still do carry passengers on their 757s.

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As carriers slowly phase out Boeing 757, airlines and passengers will remember it as the aircraft that made smaller communities, holiday destinations and niche airports available at hand.

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