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The 757

Sat May 22, 1999 4:20 am

What is everyone's opinion of the B757? I personally think it is a great aircraft that is one of the most economical aircraft in the industry. I also like the idea of all the Rolls Royce power.
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RE: The 757

Sat May 22, 1999 5:02 am

Although it's economical, I don't consider it one of the most comfortable.

RE: The 757

Sat May 22, 1999 5:44 am

You are talking to the right person. It was only two years ago when I found out there was anything beyond a 747, and the 757 was the one I liked best. Later I started looking into it, and started to like everything about it. Soon I started liking MD-80, but it didn't last long! About 8 months ago I decided I was going to become a Delta 757 pilot. It turned from a love to an obsession, and I dreamt (seriously, DREAMT!) about 757s. Now (usually) I can tell when a 757 is paasing overhead a cruise altitude when I hear the echo of its engines from the atmosphere above. I tell you, I am head-over-heels and upside down over 757s! I really don't care if anyone has a negative opinion over a 757, I love everything about it, even the landing gear! And I also think it looks great in any paint scheme. You just can't make a 757 look bad! What I'd give to fly one right now... Fly 757-200!.......Forever!
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RE: The 757

Sat May 22, 1999 7:52 am

Not just one of the most efficient, the 757-300 is THE most efficient according to Boeing. They say that its seat-mile operationg costs are a full 10% less than the 757-200, which was already the leader. I don't dream about the plane at night, but I am looking forward to next month when I go back to my summer job working on them at the UPS ramp at GSO.
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RE: The 757

Sat May 22, 1999 9:12 am

I like it a lot no matter which class of service I'm in. UA's are very comfortable (with the new seats in YC...a little on the stiff side, though...). It's no different than flying an A320 or 737 (oh...woohoo!! A whole extra INCH in the seat just for me!). They are quiet, even if you are in the last row, and there's just something about them that is appealing to me.

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RE: The 757

Sat May 22, 1999 10:35 am

I love the 757 also, I find the Landing Gear of the 757 really cool looking, like talons of an eagle. It has the most amazing look to it, tall and slim, large wings & huge engines. It is quiet on takeoff, even from St.Thomas where the pilots literally sit at the end of the runway with the brakes on and push the engines up to full power.
I love the 757 in AA livery!
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RE: The 757

Sun May 23, 1999 6:50 am

There's no doubt that the 757 is a beautiful aircraft to look at and it's a 'real' pilot's airplane.
From a passenger's point of view the 757 (and any other Boeing narrowbodies) just aren't as comfortable as the Airbus A320 family. The A320 family has a wider cabin and even in a maximum-density configuration has better legroom (seat-pitch) than Boeing narrowbodies in a maximum-density configuration.
I'm no Airbus fan, and I think the 747 and 777 have far more passenger appeal than the A330/A340, but in the narrowbody comfort stakes, Airbus wins.
Also, getting off a fully-laden single-aisle 757 when they're using one forward door and you're sitting near the back takes an awfully long time.
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RE: The 757 And AA

Sun May 23, 1999 7:41 am

Hi I'm Ben,
I really like the Boeing 757, especially that of American Airlines. Why American? Because I like that airline and that's what I always fly. I think it's a very nice aircraft in many ways, one is in a technology point of view, one is passenger comfort and another one is its beauty in general. Of course American is the ultimate choice, but the 757 looks beautiful in any livery.
American is one of the most important 757/767 operators worldwide and they have now about a hundred 757's, the 757 will be at American for many many years to come. I love to watch a 757 take off, oh boy that's great! I've been on 757's of different US airlines, both with RR and PW engines, well I noticed the difference. The Rolls Royce engines are more powerful and make more noise than the Pratt Whitney engines. American, which received its first 757 ten years ago, uses them with Rolls Royce engines on various domestic routes like for example Miami-Dallas, as well as long transcon flights. What I enjoy the most on a 757 flight is the take off.

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RE: The 757

Sun May 23, 1999 8:12 am

James wrote:
Also, getting off a fully-laden single-aisle 757 when they're using one forward door and you're sitting near the back takes an awfully long time.


No kidding. After a nice, five-hour cross-country flight, what I REALLY want to do is stand there in row 382 waiting for the lady about two miles ahead of me (in row 147) to get her act together and realize that it is indeed possible to maneuver a roll-on bag through a plane while carrying a purse!

I think the worst experience I had with a 757 was when I was seated in the second-to-last row. They opened the door and I checked my watch. 5:45. When I finally walked off the jetramp, I checked my watch again. 6:10 Twenty-five minutes just to get off the stupid plane!

That said, they are normally pretty comfortable airplanes, they get you where you want to get, and as long as you aren't way at the back of the plane in row six billion, they're just as good as any plane that Airbus can put together.

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