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Will The 757 Beat The 727?

Wed Feb 20, 2002 7:52 am

I don't think it will. The 757 is now 20 years old, maiden flight was exactly 20 years ago day by day Feb 19 1982, and only 1000 of them have been built compared to over 1800 727's that were built also within 20 years (1964-1984). American recently took delivery of the 1000th 757 built. Even in five years from now the total number of 757 orders won't reach 1800, that I can understand because the NG737's and the A32X, which are the two main narrowbody types in the air transport industry, are being produced in large numbers. True, the 757 was initially designated the successor to the 727, but the NG737's and A320's are also replacing a large number of 727's especially in the United States.
Only two aircrafts in the whole history of civil aviation have beaten the 727: the DC-3 not including the military C-47, and the Classic 737 (100 thru 500 series combined).

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RE: Will The 757 Beat The 727?

Wed Feb 20, 2002 7:57 am

It might not at the pace its going it would be another 17 years or so, but today it has alot more competition and their are alot of niche aircraft. Whereas back in 82 all you had was a 722 or a 752 for certain rtes but they might have offered to much capacity, now you can get a 737-700 or 319. They can fly those rtes and be profitable.
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RE: Will The 757 Beat The 727?

Wed Feb 20, 2002 8:08 am

Here's my two cents. (thank you for asking by the way)  Laugh out loud Back when the 757 was launched, I don't think that the "150 seat class" aircraft was really that important as it is today. I think Boeing marketed the 752 as an aircraft that was much cheaper to operate, yet could hold 40 more seats than the 727.
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RE: Will The 757 Beat The 727?

Wed Feb 20, 2002 9:26 am

The 757 won't beat the 727, but then, the 757 is really what would be the size of a hypothetical 727-300, rather than a replacement or successor to the 727. The 727 will always be "The Workhorse of the Jet Age."

One thing is clear, though -- the Next-Generation 737's are on pace to be the most successful jetliner family ever, with over 1000 delivered in just four years after the first was delivered to the launch customer, Southwest Airlines.
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RE: Will The 757 Beat The 727?

Wed Feb 20, 2002 10:58 am

If Boeing had shortened the 757 (751, or 757SP) and developed the 753 10 years ago, sales might be much higher by now.

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RE: Will The 757 Beat The 727?

Thu Feb 21, 2002 5:30 am

There were over 1200 Boeing 727-200s built. No airliner in the jet age has beaten that. 737-200 & 300 were close with about 1100 each. 757-200 with firm orders is around 1000.
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RE: Will The 757 Beat The 727?

Fri Feb 22, 2002 7:20 pm

They better start seling more in order to catch up to the 727. I hope the 753 sells well.

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