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Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sat May 01, 2004 8:14 am

Gordon, along with 50 Continental Employees and VIPs, were in Seattle this week to take delivery of CO's ninth Boeing 757-300 (753). It is the airline's final 753 and the last of the 753-series aircraft to come off the Boeing assembly line.

Flight Operations Sr. VP Capt. Debbie McCoy piloted the new aircraft to IAH Friday with Gordon and the CO group aboard.

The airline has retired seven MD-80s this year, with four aircraft exits in April.

Glad to see the Mad Dogs going, Sad to see the end of the 757 line going.

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DfwRevolution
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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sat May 01, 2004 8:22 am

Yeah, the 757 was a great aircraft. I just hope the aircraft replacing it is as good as the original  Smile

But if the winglet retrofit becomes popular, I think we will be seeing 757s for many more years.

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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sat May 01, 2004 8:23 am

It'll be a shame to see this bird disappear from the assembly line. I've flown on the 757 so many times and it certainly is a good experience.
 
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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sat May 01, 2004 8:28 am

You were flew on the B757 many times for yourself and I already flew on the B757 many times with DL.

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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sat May 01, 2004 8:38 am

Take-offs are always impressive. What a climber. But, if it is falling by the wayside there is a reason. There are better things to come. There is just too much passion in aviation.
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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sat May 01, 2004 8:39 am

757 what a glorious aircraft. Not too big and not too small just the right size. Bigger than a 737 smaller than a 767 just right for US domestic trips. I love the 757 when I fly domestic.
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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sat May 01, 2004 8:39 am

Unfortunately I never flew on the 757-300, but flying on the -200 series was always a pleasure, I hope to get a few other flights on 757 in the future (I hope at least one on the -300 series  Big thumbs up).

Patrick

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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sat May 01, 2004 8:39 am

Wow. Kind of a shame, that so few of the -300 were produced. It's a nice looking plane.
BUT- that's the way things go, in a market-driven economy. If they don't buy it, gotta stop making it.  Sad

I would have thought that Conti would want more than 9, though.

R
 
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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sat May 01, 2004 8:40 am

As good as the 7E7 may be (economics wise) it has a lot answer for destroying 2 of my favorite planes
 
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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sat May 01, 2004 9:09 am

Roberta

Please don't blame the 7E7 for the cessation of 757 production. It had nothing to do with it except that Boeing had to find something to produce as sales for those two had dried up.

I understand though and still love the '57
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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sat May 01, 2004 9:19 am

all great productions come to an end..heck I was sad years ago when the last 727 came off the line at Renton. Yup, sorry to see the last one come off now also. If 9-11 had not occured I belive the 753 would have garnered orders from a few other domestic carriers( maybe AA??) (at least I think it wopuld have been a great fit for some hi density markets...make up capacity in a 753 to compensate for the FAA mandated cuts at ORD for example.

Recently the talk has been on here that the A-300 will be started to show the door in 2008 or something.....my bet is that the 7e7 will join the fleet at AA by the end of the decade. Perfect plane to rplace the A-300 and then the oldest 767's as we head into the 2010's.

but back to this post, congrats to CO and the employess there..may you make a lot of money with the 753's.
 
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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sat May 01, 2004 10:54 am

I've never been "mad" at Boeing before, but I'm telling ya', shutting down the 757 line is gonna sneek up and bite Boeing in the ass. In a few years, they'll be kicking themsleves for killing the 757.
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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sat May 01, 2004 11:58 am

I agree with Boeing Nut. Boeing closed the 757 line at the wrong time, and once the economy rises, Airlines are going to be wanting 757s, and they will go for the A321 instead, but not before letting Boeing know of their displeasure. I think they should keep the 717 line open because the travelling public is slowly but surely increasing, and airlines are going to start ordering more planes, and as AirTran expands, they will need more 717s. And who knows, maybe you'll see a NW 717 if they keep it open long enough.

I can see it now

Northwest in agreement to take delivery of 123 Boeing 717s to replace their aging hipster A320 aircraft... Ok, I can DREAM it now.
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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sat May 01, 2004 12:02 pm

Yeah, the 757 was a great aircraft.

IS a great aircraft. IS. It's time on the line may be over, but the aircraft will be around for many years to come, I imagine.
 
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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sat May 01, 2004 1:09 pm

The 757-300 is impressive to say the least, it reminds me of a similar great airplane, the stretch 8.

Glad the Mad Dogs are going?????? Gee you sure don't know a classic airplane, that's obvious.
 
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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sat May 01, 2004 1:20 pm

You want a shame, it's a shame that ol Gordon wasn't flying it, as a former Boeing Exec. and (outgoing) Continental boss!

I'm not sure if he is still current - or even eligble, based on his age, though.
 
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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sat May 01, 2004 1:54 pm

Sad say for the 757 line. All good things must end at some point or another. But no worries, there is a good chance that 757s will be in service for at least 20-25 more years. Just take a look at the 707 and 727.

Theiler, I'm also not sure if he is still certified, can anybody provide us with some info? I thought it was a shame he didn't fly it.




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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sat May 01, 2004 7:31 pm

OK, I am sure someone has a list, how many 753s were built and who were the initial carriers? Would inquiring on finished dates and serial numbers be too much to ask?  Wink/being sarcastic I know my favorite airline has a few . (should this be a separate string?) My experiences in the 753 were all grande.

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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sat May 01, 2004 11:12 pm

""OK, I am sure someone has a list, how many 753s were built and who were the initial carriers? Would inquiring on finished dates and serial numbers be too much to ask?""

http://www.b757.info/

Yes there is, I think this is the best Boeing 757 site; you will find everything you would want to know from number 1 to the last one built

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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sun May 02, 2004 12:48 am

I always enjoyed flying all models of the 757. It brings back good memories of the 707. I hope to be on a CO 757-200 Lisbon to Newark later this year.
 
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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sun May 02, 2004 12:58 am

Yeah, me too and I am really like with the B757 for long time.  Smile
 
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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sun May 02, 2004 1:03 am

Is this the end of the 757 then? What about the 757-200 production line? Is that closed too? I love the 757 - it was the first aircraft I ever flew on.

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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sun May 02, 2004 1:10 am

What about the 757-200 production line? Is that closed too?

Yes.  Sad
 
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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sun May 02, 2004 1:11 am

According to Boeing the last B757-200 should be built on October of this year.

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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sun May 02, 2004 12:22 pm

Boeing will not be "kicking themselves' for stopping 757 production. Anyone that wants something like the 757 can be satisfied with the short range version of the 7E7, which will be a lot more efficient and about the same price.
 
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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Sun May 02, 2004 12:52 pm

I agree with Boeing nut to a point....I don't think Boeing will be kicking themselves for closing the 757 line, but when the announcement about the line closure was first made last year, I made the argument and still stand by it that Boeing chose the wrong time to end it...once the economy picks up airlines will want a plane like the 757 and all that will be available are the ones in the desert.


And rangewise, the 321 can't compete. Capacity, yes, range, no. The situation is the same with the 739...and I have my doubts about this proposed 739X ever coming about because Boeing is shifting to 7E7 techonlogy now...I bet you that the 739X will be shelved and focus will be on the long-term 737 replacement with 7e7 techonlogy instead.

IMHO, the 757 line should have been kept open until 2006.
 
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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Mon May 03, 2004 3:44 am

The 321 is no competition for the 757, the two planes serve completely diffeerent tasks. The 321 and 739 are both niche airplanes, and consequently, only sell in limited numbers.

I, too, questioned Boeing's decision to cut the 757. BUT, orders weren't there, so I guess it was time to stop while they are ahead.
Considering the 757 is the most economical single-aisle airplane in the sky, it seems odd that orders dried up in the first place. Oh well. Let's hope the 7E7 turns out to be even more magnificent than the 757 is.

You know, as I look backward and forward, I see all of the soft spots we have for the 757 (as airplane nerds, we DO have softspots) but also the softspots we will develop for the revolutionary 7E7. There's a real sense of pride to be had with both- both are revolutionary machines. The 757 pioneered things like FADEC, EFIS, and other systems that are standard on all airliners today. The 7E7 will pioneer airliner-scale composite technology, bleedless engines (I am still a doubter on that one), bigger lavatories, big windows. And other great stuff.

Here's to looking forward.
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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Wed May 05, 2004 12:55 am

This is a sad day for me. Probably decades away, but I fear the day that seeing a 757 is as rare to see as an L-1011. That idea frightens me greatly.

Man, I never realized I was this big of a plane geek.

How many 753s has ATA received in total? Did they receive their entire order? Did they leave any options unused?

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RE: Last 757-300 Ever Delivered To Continental

Wed May 05, 2004 5:23 am

I wonder how long NW will keep their 757 fleet? hehehehehe

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