Delta disappointed over lack of 757 replacement

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Delta Air Lines is disappointed that Boeing has yet to come out with a replacement for long-range Boeing 757-200 aircraft, says senior vice-president of network planning Bob Cortelyou.

“It’s really disappointing that there’s no 757 replacement,” he says at the Phoenix International Aviation Symposium on 3 April. “I really think Boeing made a mistake with that.”

The 757-200 works “quite well” on Delta’s flights across the Atlantic and on some routes to South America, says Cortelyou. He adds that the performance is “incredible” compared to the other aircraft available in the market today.

Stephen Kavanagh, chief operating officer of Aer Lingus, reiterates Cortelyou’s position at the symposium. The Irish carrier is the “proud owner” of three 757s, he says, adding that it a great aircraft.

The Airbus A321neo and the Boeing 737 Max 9 lack the range of the 757. The new models will have maximum ranges of roughly 3,650nm (6,760km) and 3,595nm, respectively, compared to 3,900nm for the 757-200.

United Airlines and US Airways, prior to its merger with American Airlines, have also expressed concerns that the next generation of narrowbodies cannot match the 757-200s range and performance.

Atlanta-based Delta will continue to fly its long-haul 757-200s for the foreseeable future due to the lack of a replacement, says Cortelyou.

American and United have also said that they have no immediate plans to replace their long-range 757-200s.

All three US carriers are in the process of replacing domestic 757-200s with either A321s or 737-900ERs.

Delta operates 135 757-200s, of which 63 have winglets, Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows.