ESSEX, UNITED KINGDOM — British charter operator Titan Airways has announced the retirement of its final Boeing 757-200 with registration G-ZAPX, on May 11, 2023. The aircraft completed its last journey on May 4, 2023, travelling from Accra to London-Stansted Airport (STN), where it is now stationed.

From 2003 to 2023, Titan operated four different Boeing 757-200s. With the retirement of G-ZAPX and the last Boeing 737 in the preceding month, the airline has transitioned to an all-Airbus fleet.

Founded in 1988 and headquartered at STN, Titan Airways offers a range of services including short-notice ACMI and wet lease operations, as well as ad hoc passenger and cargo charter services. Its clients include tour operators, corporations, governments, and entities from the sports and entertainment industries.

The Boeing 757, conceived alongside the 767 in the late 1970s, revolutionised the airline industry. These aircraft offered long-range capabilities, accommodating passenger capacity, comfortable interiors, two-man cockpits, and excellent economic efficiency.

Boeing produced the first 757 in Renton, Washington, in 1982. Notably, on March 29, 1991, a 757 with only one engine successfully took off, circled, and landed at Tibet’s Gonggar Airport, which sits at an altitude of 11,621 feet (3542 meters) and is encircled by peaks exceeding 16,400 feet (4998 meters). Boeing reported that the aircraft performed impeccably.

However, Boeing decided to cease production of the 757 in late 2003. The decision was driven by the enhanced capabilities of the latest 737 models and the new 787, which collectively met the needs of the 757 market, which previously catered to a passenger capacity of 200 to 228.

The final 757-passenger plane was delivered to Shanghai Airlines on April 27, 2005, concluding a remarkable 23-year production run. This aircraft was the 1,050th Boeing 757 ever built. Continental Airlines held the record for the largest number of Boeing 757s, owning a total of 41 aircraft. Many of these planes are still operational today, predominantly serving as freighters.