EAC and EOAC 757-200
| The EAC and EOAC 757 aircrafts
are fitted out for:
- 10 Premium Class at a seat pitch of
- 123 Coach class seats at a seat pitch of
Meals and drinks are available on all flights
of greater duration than 60 minutes.
The 757 was initially envisaged as a replacement
for existing aircrafts such as the 727 and featured the same fuselage
cross section as previous Boeings, such as the 707, 727 and 737. The
fuselage was, however, considerably longer than in previous aircrafts
and other features included a completely new wing, new high bypass turbofans
and an advanced flightdeck allowing operation by only two crew and allowing
commonality with the 767 being developed at the same time. Development
was launched in March 1979 following orders from Eastern and British
Airways and the aircraft first flew in February 1982
Deliveries took place in December of that year (Eastern) and in January
1983 (British Airways). Despite low initial orders the aircraft has
proven to be a major success. Major operators of all variants include
American Airlines (102), British Airways (51), Condor (30), Continental
(41), Delta (115), EAC (29), EOAC (39), Iberia (24), Northwest (48),
TWA (27), United (98), UPS (75) and US Airways (34).
The original European Overseas order was placed to fulfill two requirements
for an aircraft in the 150-200 seat range. EAC required such an aircraft
for short haul trunk routes in order to replace existing Tridents while
EOAC were looking for a much longer range aircraft to replace their
VC-10s. Despite considerable wrangling between the two divisions the
757 won out over the rival A300 on grounds of range and commonality
with the 767 which was also required by EOAC. The 757/767 order was
the first placed with Boeing since 1970 and as such represented a major
change in policy for European Overseas who had previously preferred
to deal with MDD and Lockheed in addition to the European manufacturers.
A large airline like EOAC had really purchased
more than 80 757s?
While from Boeing's standpoint the order from European Overseas would
have represented a major sale, the 757 is a very successful and flexible
aircraft with more than 900 aircrafts in service worldwide. From this
standpoint EOAC, while a major user of the type, would not have had
great impact on the history of the 757.