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Aircraft Market Assessment

April 2, 2007

Market Presence. The age of the B757 is clearly showing despite the demand. At some 25 years of age, the systems and specification are clearly at a disadvantage compared to newer equipment. The mature B757 has inevitably failed to elicit substantial demand for additional B757-200s though the type still retains considerable market relevance. The manufacturers were under severe pressure such that new programs impinging on the B757 market continued to be delayed, but this did nothing to prevent the B757 from facing closure. The success of the B757 has been due in no small part to its operational versatility but age, capacity and absence of fleet commonality have taken their toll. The power-to-weight ratio is of particular relevance allowing operation from runways that can cause problems for alternative equipment. The addition of winglets has further improved operating economics.

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