Guys.. here's parts of an e-mail that was sent around to Boeing employees in Renton, regarding the final 757. I'm just passing on a few facts (excerpts from the full e-mail) that I gleaned from the message that I thought you'd find interesting.
The one thing I never realized, is that Shanghai Airlines is just now getting their 757s, and only 5 at that! Five is kind of a low number for an aircraft type, eh?
God Speed 757...
"***The following message is being sent to all Renton Programs employees from Carolyn Corvi, vice president and general manager, 737/757 Programs.***
Update: Last 757 Rolling Celebrations
As many of you are aware, production of the last 757 has begun. The very last airplane, line number 1050, is destined for Shanghai Airlines.
Last month, Shanghai Airlines received the first of the five 757s it has ordered. The airline’s reaction and feedback have been very positive. Shanghai executives have said they are very pleased with the quality of the airplane and look forward to receiving their remaining 757s.
A broader celebration will be held when the airplane rolls out of the factory in October. Planning is also under way for a public ceremony when Boeing delivers line number 1050 to Shanghai Airlines in early 2005."
Note to SEA spotters: You had BETTER be there for that event! Royal aka Clickhappy and your compatriots, I beg you to please be on hand, cameras recording every second of these historic events. (Both when the plane rolls out and the final delivery)
[Edited 2004-06-16 23:28:42]