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Boeing 757 Icelandair in Aurora / Northern Light livery

Icelandair has painted this Boeing 757-200 in a special Northern Light livery.

Boeing 757


The Boeing 757 is a medium-sized twin-engined jet airliner flying around 200 passengers in a narrowbody fuselage over short and medium range distances. The 757 is the successor of the highly successful Boeing 727.

The 757 has the same fuselage cross section as the 727 and 737, but is longer than the 727 and has a new wing, nose and flightdeck and two engines instead of three. These engines deliver more power, are more fuel efficient and make less noise than those of the 727.

After years of considering several designs, Boeing launched the 757 in March 1979. The aircraft manufacturer developed the airliner in parallel with the 767, with which the 757 has many systems in common, including the digital 'glass cockpit'. Thanks to the almost identical cockpits pilots qualified for one aircraft can fly the other type after minimal additional training.

The 757's first flight was on 19 February 1982 and the aircraft entered service almost a year later with Eastern Airlines and British Airways. The 757 started as a rather slow seller, but later Boeing sold more aircraft and it became a workhorse for US domestic air travel.

Versions

Boeing 757 Arkia Boeing developed several versions of the 757. The standard aircraft is the 757-200 but Boeing also offered the 757-200PF Package Freighter and the 757-200M Combi, of which only one was built. In 1996 Boeing launched the stretched 757-300 which is 7.11 (23 ft 4 in) longer than the 757-200. Other differences are a strengthened landing gear with new brakes, wheels and tyres, a tail skid, a reinforced wing and a renewed interior. The 757-300 seats up to 289 passengers. It first flew on 2 August 1998 and the first delivery took place in March 1999 to Condor Flugdienst of Germany. Other customers for the only 55 757-300s built were Northwest Airlines, Continental Airlines, JMC, Arkia and Icelandair.

Many Boeing 757s are fitted with winglets to reduce drag. This results in lower fuel consumption and extra range. Several programmes exist for the conversion of passenger aircraft into the Boeing 757SF (Special Freighter) model.

When production ended in October 2004, Boeing had sold a total of 1,050 aircraft and around 800 are still in airline service. Boeing is considering the development of a successor of the Boeing 757, an aircraft in between the 737-900ER and the 787-8. A decision is not taken yet.



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Boeing 757-200 Specifications

Boeing 757 American Airlines Wingspan: 38.05 m (124 ft 10 in). Length: 47.32 m (155 ft 3 in). Height: 13.6 m (44 ft 6 in).
Empty weight: 57,840kg (127,520 lb). Max. take-off weight: 115,680 kg (255,000 lb).
Passengers: 186-228. Range: 7,222 km (3,900 nm). Cruise speed: 850 km/h (458 kts).
Engines: two P&W PW2040 turbofans (178.4 kN - 40,100 lb) or Rolls-Royce RB211-535E4B (193.5 kN 43,570 lb).


Boeing 757-300 Specifications

Boeing 757 Icelandair Wingspan: 38.05 m (124 ft 10 in) Length: 54.5 m (178 ft 7 in). Height: 13.6 m (44 ft 6 in).
Empty weight: 64,590 kg (142,400 lb). Max. take-off weight: 123,600 kg (272,500 lb).
Passengers: 243-279. Range: 6,287 km (3,395 nm). Cruise speed: 850 km/h (458 kts).
Engines: two P&W PW2040 turbofans (178.4 kN - 40,100 lb) or Rolls-Royce RB211-535E4B (193.5 kN - 43,570 lb).


Boeing 757-200PF Specifications

Boeing 757-200PF UPS Wingspan: 38.05 m (124ft 10in). - Length: 47.32 m (155ft 3in). - Height: 13.6 m (44ft 6in).
Empty weight: 57,840kg (127,520 lb). - Max. take-off weight: 115,680 kg (255,000 lb).
Range: 5,834 km (3,150 nm). - Cruise speed: 850 km/h (458 kts).
Engines: two Pratt & Whitney PW2040 turbofans (178.4 kN - 40,100 lb) or Rolls-Royce RB211-535E4B (193.5 kN - 43,570 lb).


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