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Southwest's 737-500's...around For Much Longer?  
User currently offlineSEA nw DC10 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 491 posts, RR: 1
Posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3364 times:

I commute on SW on a weekly basis and many of those flights are on the -500. I've noticed that not a single one of their -500's have been repainted on the outside, or redone on the inside. Is this because WN is planning on dropping the -500's or have they just not reached their D-check status yet?

SEW nw DC10

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User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3313 times:

I think it's that they haven't reached their D-check yet. Southwest certainly doesn't have replacements ordered. They'll eventually sell them to NW to replace the DC-9's  Smile  Smile

Steve


User currently offlineLaxintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24707 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3287 times:

I doubt the SWA 737-500's fleet will be going anywhere soon. Afterall the carrier still operates nearly 25 older B737-200's.



From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
User currently offlineFoxecho From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 746 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3243 times:

Which routes are they normally on? the -500 is my White whale lately, the only 737 type not in my logbook

Andrew



..uh, we'll need that to live......
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3150 times:

Try the shortest haul routes, Foxecho. We usually don't see them here at KCLE any more either.

The -500s are relatively new and I think WN will keep them for quite a while!

redngold



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3073 times:

The 735s are not going anywhere - as mentioned, the remaining 732s will leave the Southwest fleet first, followed by some of the 733s that Southwest picked up second hand or through the Morris Air deal.

Southwest is repainting its fleet with the blue color scheme as the aircraft are due for a paint job/D check - I guess none of the 735s have been scheduled yet.


User currently offlineLoveFieldFlyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3065 times:

The -735s were acquired between Feb 1990 and May 1992 so they are not that old. They will probably be around for another 10 years or so.

User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6514 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2972 times:

WN was using a 735 on one of the two PHX-MSY nonstops for a while (about a 3 hour flight), before they replaced it with a 733 recently. Currently, I know of only one 735 flight from here...the 745am arrival from DAL, and it continues at 8:10am to BHM and BWI...different flight # of course.

Don't forget, there is one 735 that is not in the old brown colors...Shamu! That's always a great sight to see.


Steve in New Orleans


User currently offlineLoveFieldFlyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2958 times:

>> Don't forget, there is one 735 that is not in the old brown colors...Shamu! <<

Actually, there's two. N501SW is Shamu III and N507SW is Shamu II


User currently onlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6514 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2948 times:

Isn't there one 733 in Shamu colors as well?

User currently offlineLoveFieldFlyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2934 times:

>> Isn't there one 733 in Shamu colors as well? <<

Yes, N334SW is Shamu I.


User currently offlineCdfmxtech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1338 posts, RR: 27
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2897 times:

They'll eventually sell them to NW to replace the DC-9's

There should be a rule against speaking nonsense in these forums!!!


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