Lufthansa wrote:The 757 didn't need a new wing?
I'd beg to differ. Buy installing a new wing, they could use new materials and take a lot of weight out like the CS series has.
Aircraft are generally in production a long time. So in order to future proof the aircraft it really needs to be as advanced as possible.
As for the increased use of composites... (apart from the wing already discussed) you're really looking at the fuselage. A composite fuselage means complete retooling.... aka a new production line. A warmed over 757 of course would offer performance improvements over the current stock. But would it really offer too many advantages over the A321LR?
Don't forget that when the 757 entered service in 1983 (and remember it was developed before that) there was no such thing as a mobile phone network in North America, (Japan was just getting started with the bricks) no such thing as a CD, computers had giant floppy disks and green or orange monotone screens, people used typewriters with actual ribbons in them, boarding passes were hand written in a lot of countries, fillings were made from metals, people used 35mm fuji or Kodak film, cars had carburettors nobody had even heard of fuel injection and the 757 was replacing things in Europe such as the Hawker Siddely Trident. By the mid 1990s it was obvious the 737 needed a new wing. It got one and that turned out to be a very good investment for Boeing ,easily paying for itself. But to think what is an even older wing (in terms of age now) than when the 737 got one, and we know live in an age where most of us carry around more computing power in our pockets than used on the space program back then... you have to be kidding if you don't think we can't design and built a significantly more efficient wing now.
Your point? The A320 came out only five years later and has only changed at the wingtips, and AB And the airlines seem plenty fine with that wing 30 years later.
Or does 1988 not count as the 80s due to the rap music