Aviation 101 Boeing 757
The origins of the
Boeing 757 began in the early 1970's when Boeing engineers started looking at a replacement for the very successful 727 trijet. By 1978 two variants were being considered; both were narrow-body twin-engine aircraft. By Mar 1979, the larger capacity of the
two, code named 7N7-200, was officially selected and renamed 757.
The 757 was designed and manufactured concurrently with the wide-body twinjet 767; the two aircraft featuring many similar features. Production began in 1981 at Boeing's Renton assembly plant near
Seattle, WA. The first 757 entered commercial service on 1 Jan. 1983 with Eastern Airlines. When production ended in Oct 2004, a total of 1050 aircraft had been built for 54 customers.
More information on the Boeing 757 aircraft can be found at the following link:
LAB Boeing 757 Aircraft Fleet -- Detailed Histories and Photos of Two Aircraft Leased by LAB
photo: Dan Valentine LHR Pics - jetphotos.net
c/n 32448 l/n 967
First flight: 21 May 2001
North American Airlines N756NA
3 Jun 2001
- leased from GECAS - General Electric Capital Aviation Services LAB -
"wet leased" from NAA " Dec 2004
North American Airlines "
24 Mar 2005
- leased - AFSI - Aviation Financial Services Inc. - ret Jun 2005
U S Airways
11 Mar 2011
U S Airways
24 Apr 2012 - leased from GECAS
American Airlines "
9 Dec 2013 - operational
Note: As far as I can tell this aircraft was never flown by LAB. It was intended to
be flown on the Santa Cruz - Miami - Washington DC route. A "wet lease" is when one airline, (in this case NAA), provides the aircraft, complete flight crew, maintenance and insurance to another airline, (in this case LAB); who would cover the fuel costs,
airport and other fees or taxes.
Item of interest: A request was made by North American Airlines on 14 Dec 2006 to the US Dept of Transportation to allow NAA to perform flights on behalf of LAB later that same month. These flights would
have been for the Santa Cruz - Miami - Washington DC route. Whether any of these flights, or any other by these two B757s, ever took place, I don't know; I am still looking into it.
Kona Hawaii 29 Dec 2013 - photo: Kris V - jetphotos.net
Phoenix 16 Feb 2015 - photo: Alec Mollenhauer - jetphotos.net
Belo Horizonte, Brazil 3 Aug 2005 - photo: Roberto Rios - airliners.net
c/n 24118 l/n 163
First flight: 1 Jan 1988
Air Europe - UK
1 Mar 1988
Air Europa - Spain EC-204
13 Dec 1988
1 Jan 1989
21 Nov 1989
NFD - Luftverkehrs AG - Germany "
17 Mar 1990
Air Europe "
5 Nov 1990
Airlines - Netherlands PH-TKY
18 Mar 1992
China Southern Airlines N769BE
27 Jul 1993
Royal Airlines - Canada
C-GRYO 26 Oct 1998
Canada 3000 "
29 Jan 2001
-wfu, ceased ops, stored at Goodyear AZ 9 Nov
Pegasus Aviation N958PG
22 Jan 2002
TransMeridian Airlines - Atlanta
" 20 Sep 2002
-leased from TMA "
1 Oct 2003
" 10 Mar 2004
- "John Kerry Campaign" titles applied:
N958PG Dec 2004
- uncertain if ever used by LAB
TCS Expeditions - leased from TMA "
1 Sep 2005
- 23 day
charter trip to Africa
Pegasus Aviation - wfu "
29 Sep 2005
SBA - Santa Barbara Airlines -Venezuela YV2243
1 Oct 2006
- wfu and stored
Sky Holding Co.
4 Nov 2013
N977FD 20 Dec 2013
- converted to SF (cargo)
- converted back to 757-236 at Mobile AL Mar 2015
Note: Although it seems that this aircraft, as well N756NA, were never flown by LAB, there is at least one report of an observer sighting this plane in Mexico City on 17 Dec 2004 in TMA colors
on a flight from Bolivia.
Interesting note: This aircraft was used by the John Kerry Presidential Campaign from May to Nov 2004 under a short-term lease from TransMeridian Airlines; (see photo below). Following his loss on election
day the aircraft was re-painted in the TMA color scheme and returned to them.
Mallorca 23 July 1988 - photo: Jordi Grife - Iberian Spotters - airliners.net
Girona, Spain 24 May 1989 - photo: Jordi Grife-Iberian Spotters-airliners.net
Faro Portugal 1992 - photo: Pedro Aragao - airliners.net
Hong Kong early 1990s - photo: Andrew Hunt - airliners.net
Montreal 19 Oct 2000 - photo: Felix Sieder - airliners.net
Montreal 2 Jul 2001 - photo: Felix Sieder - airliners.net
Miami 23 Oct 2003 - photo: Jay Selman - airliners.net
Phoenix 13 Oct 2004 - photo: Jeremy Irish - airliners.net
John Kerry arriving for third and final Presidential debate - Phoenix 14 Oct 2004 - photo:
Jeremy Irish - airliners.net
TCS Expeditions flight leaving Madeira Islands 3 Sep 2005 - photo: Jorge Abreu - airliners.net
Miami 26 Feb 2009 - photo: Thomas Posch - VAP - airliners.net
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