On 2 May 2000 an order for twenty 757-200s from American Airlines brough the Boeing 757 order book past the 1,000 sales total. The aircraft has become an industry standard, particularly with continental scheduled operations and with a number of major charter operators in North America and Europe.
It was in the depths of the oil crisis of the 1970s that the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group at Seattle set up the New Aircraft Program. The aim was to predict the needs of the airline market over the next 10 to 15 years to replace (or augment) the Models 707, 727, 737 and 747 which were still in production. It was realised at this early stage that it was necessary to consider a family of new airliners maintaining as much commonality as possible to reduce development, production and maintenance costs
The 757 was effectively launched by a simultaneous commitment for a total of 40 aircraft in August 1978 - 19 aircraft for British Airways and 21 for Eastern airlines.
The thirteenth in the 'Airlife's Airliners' series looks at this immensely successful aircraft, providing full details on every facet of an airliner that will continue to fly well into the twenty-first century.