RENTON, Wash., Oct. 28, 2004 -- Boeing [NYSE:BA] today marked the completion of its 757 commercial airplane program, as thousands of employees and special guests saluted one of history's most successful passenger airplanes.
The 1,050th and final 757, a Shanghai Airlines 757-200, was the centerpiece of a ceremony at the company's Renton, Wash., factory. The 757 is one of only seven large commercial jetliner models that sold more than 1,000 units.
"The 757 changed the world of commercial aviation with its extended range capabilities, operational efficiency and the introduction of computer-aided design, composite manufacturing and integrated flight displays and controls ," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and Chief Executive Alan Mulally. "We're proud of the 757's innovative contribution to our safe and efficient global air transportation system, and the fact that passengers will enjoy the 757 airplane in service for years to come."
More than 1,030 757s are in service around the world.
Known for its fuel efficiency and clean and quiet operation, the 757 entered production in 1981. Boeing delivered the first to launch customer Eastern Airlines on Dec. 22, 1982 . Three principal models were eventually produced -- the 757-200, 757-300, and the 757-200 freighter. In addition, Boeing produced one 757-200 combi.
Seating 200 passengers, the 757-200 is highly regarded by pilots for its power and smooth handling. The 757-300, which is 23 feet 4 inches (7.1 meters) longer than a 757-200, carries 20 percent more passengers and was launched in September, 1996, by German charter airline Condor Flugdienst.
The capabilities of its Next-Generation 737 family and launch of its all-new 7E7 Dreamliner led Boeing to conclude the 757 program. The final 757 will be the 1,049 th delivered to an airline. Boeing uses the first 757 as a test bed.