China Western Boeing 757 200
By early 1998, China Western was starting to discuss the idea of replacing their now aging TU-154s. Having already struck deals with other Chinese airlines, Boeing offered a deal that China Western couldn’t refuse. Boeing would sell China Western B757-200s, B767-300s, and their recently launched B737-800s at a slight discount to replace China Western’s TU-154s. This deal would also include options for 777-200ERs. Boeing did this even though they were offering all of this to quite a small airline at the time, and there was a chance that China Western would end up in debt. China Western agreed, wanting to establish themselves as a creditable legacy carrier and replace their fuel/maintenance hog TU-154s with shiny new fuel-efficient American jets.
The B757-200 would be used for a mix of domestic and international flights. China Western was quite impressed by the plane’s performance, which was useful in replacing the TU-154s in flying to small airports. This plane once flew to Kai Tak Airport a few times before it was replaced by B767-300ERs once the new airport opened. Seen above is the domestic version of the plane. The international version includes the English name behind the Chinese name like the B767-300ERs seen on the previous slide. The B757 has the same livery as the B767 and B737, introduced in 1998 with it starting to be phased out in 2001 and it being completely phased out in 2006.