Delta 757 - An Aircraft of Variety and Importance

Hey y’all

Recently I have had the fortune to fly on my second favourite airplane (behind the mad dog of course): the Boeing 757. Back in December I flew N547US from ATL to RSW when there was only 1 daily 752 frequency on that route. Now, Delta has about 4 752s and a 753 on that route (I am flying the 753 frequency on Thursday morning. The flight is supposed to be on N586NW, and it will be my second time flying that particular aircraft, Third 753 overall).

Overall, I really like the 757. Both engine options are very good, with Delta using the deep, powerful roar of the PW2000 while United uses the more calm, but still powerful sound of the RB211-500 (and I honestly like both engine options equally, both sound really good). It is a versatile aircraft, and can take off from shorter runways like SNA (@Jacob_Layton ’s home airport) and St. Thomas! It can also fly some transatlantic routes like Washington-Dulles to Edinburgh. It’s a shame they are leaving the skies, as I really like the versatility and feel of the 757 when it hurls down the runway and lifts off from an airport. Reason I like Classic airliners like the 757 and MD-80: they make their presence at airports known LOUD and CLEAR.

But onto Delta 757s: they kind of come from all over the place. Most have been with Delta their entire lives (DL-DA-DN-etc registered aircraft and some all-number and one letter registrations). These ones have the big overhead lockers and up-to-date IFE screens. There are also a lot of 757-200s (and all the 757-300s) that came from Northwest (US or NW registered, some all number and one letter aircraft). All of the ex-DL and NW aircraft have the 10 door configuration with 2 forward doors, 2 in front of the engines, 4 overwing exits, and 2 aft doors (obviously excluding the 757-300 which adds a set of doors behind the wing because of its length).

There are also a handful of aircraft that came from TWA (TW registered aircraft and some others), as well as one sole ex-AeroMexico 757 (N624AG) that are used on premium services such as JFK-LAS and JFK-SFO. There are also a few ex-Shanghai Airlines aircraft (the DX-registered aircraft) that are in a similar configuration to the domestic configured 757s, just with more Comfort+ seats and the 8 door configuration seen on ex-TWA 757s.

If that wasn’t confusing enough, Delta also has a handful of the DL 752s in a VIP configuration (including everyone’s favourite 757, N666DN) used for charters.

Some 752s (mostly DL aircraft) don’t have winglets, and it’s a nice surprise when one of those shows up to your gate (I flew N678DL back in March 2019 on ATL-RSW and I didn’t expect it to depart from E or have no winglets).

Like I said, recently I flew N547US, which unfortunately isn’t quite on par with the DL 757s, and has the big overhead bins but the old, smaller screens found on the 737-700. The 757-300s have smaller overhead bins but the bigger screens. I am unsure about the TW and Shanghai Airlines aircraft but I believe they are similar to the 753.

Overall, flying a Delta 757 is a nice treat as it can serve as a nice change from the usual 739, A321, A220, or, I can’t believe I am saying this, 717. It’s always a fun one to fly no matter what 757 you are on and certainly has a place as a workhorse of the Delta fleet. I hope these don’t go too soon as I love seeing the 757s around and, after all, flying them is one hell of an experience.

Here is my takeoff video for the N547US flight back in December and my 753 takeoff video from October on N584NW that was honestly one of the most breathtaking takeoffs I’ve ever experienced.




Most uncomfortable ride of my life was on a Delta 757. Heck, even Allegiant’s 757 was a better ride. It’s a shame they canned the triple seven!


Delta’s 757s are a pleasure to fly. I flew 2 ex-TWA units in 2020 before the pandemic and I can say that they were easily the best flights I have experienced. Kudos to Delta for keeping these birds around for as long as they have.

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Lucky dude, up here in Boston only the occasional Delta 75 and Iceland air. I needa go on a trip just for these beasts.

I’ve actually, as of Thursday, will have flown on more 753s than 752s.

Flew N678DL and N547US, as well as N584NW & N586NW (first in 2019, second Thursday)

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I happened to just fly on a Delta 757-200. I was supposed to again before we had to switch flights due to delays. Very fun planes to fly on and very good service to offer on board.

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My first and only 757 flight- ATL-SLC, 757-300. Had a great experience! Hopefully I’ll be able to fly them at least one more time before they’re retired.

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They ain’t retiring them for a while, so you got time

SNA only has DAL 757s left. Used to be almost every airline here but now only SNA - ATL and DTW.

Can’t remember flying on a 757 out of SNA which I hope to do! Would really show its capabilities since it’s a 5,700ft runway.

Cool topic by the way! And SNA was given a shoutout. VIP lol

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I once was due to fly on a 757 but it was switched at the last moment to the 767, but it was equally good (and rare). Sadly UA has retired quite a few 757 last year. We rely on DL to keep them in the skies.

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Oof, at least they still use them on Transcon and some east coast flights

The 757 is great- I’ve been flying them since Northwest and Continental were around. From Minneapolis we luckily have quite a few routes including:

MSP-DUB (Aer Lingus)
MSP-KEF (Delta, Icelandair)
MSP-ATL (Delta for the rest)

There’s probably more but that’s all I can think of off the top of my head.

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I made this map of Delta’s 757 routes a few months ago. It’s based on their 2019 schedule (I believe)


It’ll stick around for a while :)


Tremendous map!!! Delta 😋😋

Even in 2021, Delta continues to expand with the 757.


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I flew on the American 757 from Charlotte to St.Thomas just a month before they retired it

Delta 752 this morning. Also found a UA 753 here which RSW doesn’t usually get

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