The Boeing 757-200M is a Combi version of the popular twin jet, meaning cargo can be loaded onto the main deck in place of passenger seats. Just one example was produced for Royal Nepal Airlines.
Powered by two Rolls-Royce RB211-535E4 engines, the aircraft registered as 9N-ACB and named Gandaki was delivered on 15 September 1988. The airline needed it to operate mixed passenger and freight loads out of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, with its 4,390ft / 1,338m elevation.
Boeing 757-200M Videos
Following on from the last video about the Russian Ilyushin IL-114, this time we take a look at the Boeing 757-200M. The first video is produced by Aviation Nepal and runs for just under three minutes.
The first 1:40 shows the plane in storage, and you can clearly see the cargo door in the video. Next up you can see the 757 in action on taxi and take-off. It certainly looks a lot fresher here!
Finally, there is an eight minute production from Boeing showing the manufacture of Royal Nepal Airlines first Boeing 757. It’s a standard model and the video quality is terrible, but still worth a look from a historical perspective.
This shows the roll out, painting and cabin interior, all set to a jaunty 1980s soundtrack. I’m sure they don’t make them like that any longer!
The unique Boeing 757-200M was later converted to an all passenger configuration (16 business and 174 economy) for its final years. It was eventually put into storage in March 2019 after almost 31 years in service.
Combi aircraft were once quite popular, but they fell out of favour and are no longer manufactured. This particular 757 would have been one of the last of this kind of aircraft in service.
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