A long-range narrowbody twinjet airliner produced by Boeing from 1981 through 2004.

The Boeing 757 is a narrowbody twinjet airliner formerly produced by ; production started in 1981, with the 757 entering service with Eastern Air Lines at the beginning of 1983. It was Boeing's last all-new narrowbody airliner.

There are two main variants of the 757:

  • The vast majority of 757s built belong to the 757-200 family, which was the original version and saw 995 aircraft produced in both passenger and cargo versions. Although initially intended for short-to-medium-range domestic flights, the introduction of allowed airlines to shift many 757-200s to transoceanic routes that don't have quite enough traffic to justify using a large and expensive widebody aircraft.
  • The 757-300, a stretched version, was introduced in 1999; although originally intended for the air-charter market, it was quickly adopted by mainline airlines as well. Although only 55 were ever built, the 757-300 holds the distinction of having a higher passenger capacity than any other narrowbody airliner ever produced; it also has the second-longest fuselage of any narrowbody, exceeded only by the Super 60/70 versions of the Douglas .

Production of the 757 was discontinued in October 2004, with the last aircraft being delivered in November 2005; Boeing chose not to offer a direct replacement for the 757, instead concentrating on their widebody offerings and on the smaller (although the largest 737s are quickly creeping up into the niche formerly occupied by the 757).

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