US Airways asks Airbus and Boeing for 757 replacement

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US Airways is keen for a successor to the Boeing 757 as the aircraft is used extensively in its international network.

In the carrier's latest employee update SVP marketing and planning Andrew Nocella says that neither Airbus nor Boeing have a 757 replacement in development. "We have asked both manufacturers to design a replacement, although that could be years away."

Nocella was responding to a query regarding plans for the 757 fleet. He recently told ATI US Airways could keep the 757s in its fleet until the 2020 timeframe as an extended range twin-engine operations (ETOPs)-capable version 737/A320 replacements would not likely be available until three and a half years after the new aircraft enter service.

In the meantime, Nocella says US Airways has 13 757s capable of ETOPs available for flights to Europe this summer, and will have 15 available for the summer of 2010.

US Airways today released its projected fleet counts for 2009, and plans to end the year with 24 757s, down from 39 at the end of 2008.

The fifteen 757s exiting the fleet comprise the majority of the 28 aircraft US Airways is cutting this year. The carrier also plans to shed six 737-300s and seven A320s. Deliveries scheduled for this year include two A320s, 18 A321s and five A330s.