The Boeing 757 is a workhorse for many airlines and is set to remain so, but what might eventually replace it? Mark Broadbent reports
Thirty-five years after the Boeing 757 entered service the type remains very well used. According to data from Airfleets, 689 remained in service as of November 2017, which is almost two-thirds of the 1,049 examples (913 757-200s, 80 757-200PFs, 55 757-300s and one 757-200M) built from 1983 to 2005.
Large network airlines in the United States are the biggest operators. Delta Air Lines currently has 124, United Airlines has 77 and American Airlines has 36. Major cargo carriers have big fleets, too. FedEx Express operates 109 757-200SFs, UPS Airlines has 75 and the various carriers worldwide flying for DHL (including DHL Air UK at Nottingham East Midlands Airport, EAT Leipzig, DHL Latin America in Fort Lauderdale and Blue Dart in Chennai) between them operate 35.