Capital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 47 Posted (10 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 6395 times:
The B737-200 was the first aircraft I flew on (with Britannia Airways, still love the retro 70's livery) and I still love the type. OK, the A320 is roomier (and I love the 320) but the 732 still holds a very special place in my heart.
My favourite 732 operator that I've flown was Orion Airways (they always made the effort) and I can still enjoy the 732 from my local airport, Leeds/Bradford, to Dublin with Ryanair (at very reasonable fares!).
AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2445 posts, RR: 9 Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 6335 times:
Just an aesthetic view here, since I haven't flown on a 732 but I don't like the stubby wings and integrated engine pods on the oldest 737s. I much prefer the larger, advanced wings and pod-mounted engines of the 737NG series.
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 6323 times:
I don`t like the 732! I am happy that I got two rides on it (FR: DUB-PIK and PIK-STN) but I don`t need more flights on this aircraft type. I like the 737-Next Generation because it fits in the year 2003, the 732`s are way too old, I prefer to travel comfortable.
Angelairways From United Kingdom, joined Nov 1999, 501 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 6276 times:
i did fly one once.. i was in the very last row and i tell you.. on take off those JT8D engines caused not only the interior part of the window (plastic) but the entire wall panels to vibrate with the noise... it was fun and the climb surprisingly steep
however, i wouldn't feel safe in them anymore.. they are getting quite old and after that sudan airways crash... not to mention the other problems they've had:
- rudders jamming (boeing made some mod to resolve that but still)
- fuselage fatigue failure (when Aloha had the roof rip off)
- quite a few engine failures.
I'd feel safer on an aeroflot Tu-154 frankly... they are well built and sturdy
L.1011 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2209 posts, RR: 10 Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 6271 times:
JayDavis LOVES that god-awful Peter Max livery so since when did his opinions make sense? BTW, I also love the 732. I remember flying on one with dlx BOS-TPA in '96 and getting the sh*t scared out of me. (Not by the reversers, but the snack bag they gave you when you boarded) That was also the flight where I swallowed my gum on climbout when we hit some turbulence and thought I was going to die. I thought all my food would get stuck to the gum and I would starve. lol
Craigy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 14 hours ago) and read 6239 times:
I flew on the old BA ones - fond memories.
When I am at the airport taking photos, I love to stand close and feel the P&W's power. Yes, if you are close enough, you can actually feel a pounding on your chest when they use takeoff thrust. Still plenty of these flying into EGCC - Air Malta, European Aircharter and Ryanair.
Apurnicus From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 32 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 14 hours ago) and read 6213 times:
Howdy all, new member here. My first post.
Wow, B732 memories. It was 1984, I was six-years old at the time and flying on Indian Airlines from Ahmedabad to Delhi. At Ahmedabad (VAAH) passengers gather in common area after passing through security and then walk out on to the tarmac to board the flight. As a lover of planes, it was a magnificent sight- a grungy, pudgy plane.
The ride was equally intense. Imagine an airport with no taxi-ways parallel to the runway. The pilot takes the aircraft to the appropriate end and then does a 180 degree turn. Then you sit back and hold on tight. Since India is hot, the pilots then perform a short-field take-off. As soon as the aircraft rotates you can see the end of the runway pass underneath, not more than a hundred feet or so. Simplicity at its best.
God bless those pilots. In those days they would let me visit the flight deck. No glass cockpits, just good old steam gauges. It's what flying is all about and why I do it today, granted I'm in a C172 or C182.
SWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 36 Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 14 hours ago) and read 6194 times:
I like them! Love the "CLACK" noise the thrust reversers make when they open! Its the best
I think each type of aircraft has its own little idiosyncrasies that makes it special! Therefore each time a series is retired I will always find something to miss about them. Except Airbuses. Don't like em'. No sir, I don't like it. Don't like it one bit. ( No offense naturally )
GD727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 925 posts, RR: 11 Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 12 hours ago) and read 6112 times:
The 732 rocks! What other type of jet airliner can use a 3,200 gravel runway? IMO, the 732 is not that loud, it is no louder than the -300 IMO. The 732 is also solid as a rock, just like it's big brother the 727!
CV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1397 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 12 hours ago) and read 6109 times:
I LOVE it! I've flown it on the original Frontier and on Continental. I remember my first 737-300 flight was on CO and I was pissed because I wanted the -200 which I thought looked much better (and 10+ years later, still do...)
Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17271 posts, RR: 51 Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 months 12 hours ago) and read 6049 times:
From the point of view of a ramper, I had a love/hate relationship with the 732. I loved the fact I could almost stand up in the bins (as opposed to the cramped confines of a DC-9 bin); I loved that you could really stuff the plane with a sh!tload of bags or mail. I hated having to do the pushbacks (because we either couldn't find a 737 towbar or a pushback unit because we didn't have enough of them on the ramp, it was better as the airline started the retirement of them and only a few gates got 732 flights). I hated climbing into the back bin (I ususually had to get a boost from someone, as we didn't have a beltloader on our gate, and I'm 6' tall). I've never liked flying in 737s anyway, I'm not a fan of 3 across seating, and the 737s always seemed more cramped to me than a DC-9.
(right after 2 long connections on LH ZAG-FRA-ORD)
I wasn't really down for flying again that day, I wanted to go to sleep. I was on the 737-200. I got on, and noticed the old interior. It looked great at 10:45 pm! The flight was amazing, not one bump. It was a fast flight as well. I was amazed by the little aircraft! That was probably the last time I'll be on a 732.
JayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 17 Reply 23, posted (10 years 5 months 11 hours ago) and read 5987 times:
Bite me !!
If you don't love the Peter Max scheme, you need some serious help. I would go see a counselor/psychiatrist as soon as possible. You need help. STAT !!
ha ha !!
I still fly the 737-200, between DAL and IAH and IAH back up to DAL.
Still also see all those extra rivets on the side and top of this plane,
since Aloha had to go topless on one of theirs.........still amazes me
that that aircraft was actually able to land............
Positive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1 Reply 24, posted (10 years 5 months 11 hours ago) and read 5969 times:
The 737-200 looked great in Ansett colours. I can't remember seeing them myself because they were retired in the mid 1980's, but in the pics they look so cool. Gotta love that Ansett shooting stars livery from the early 80's
25 BR715-A1-30: The 732 was the first aircraft I flew on with WN (Ok, My mom was 7 mos pregnant with me, but still, It was the first) The first aircraft I flew on and
26 Lamyl_hhlco: "When that engine does its reverse thrust movement, the first time I saw it scared the sh** out of me !!" That's why I love it :P it still remains one
27 CV990: Hi! Love, love the 737-200? Well I love my wife very much, but yeah, the classic 737 was a nice airplane. A few weeks ago I still saw one from Americ
28 Pronto: Of course!! This type was my first flight - the a/c was still pretty new at the time with Pacific Western - I will never forget it...and I have built
29 Hockey55dude: I love the 737-200! It has the smoothest ride!
30 Marcopolo747: When VASP introduced the 737s in Brazil back in 1971 they were the ultimate development in terms of short and medium haul travel. The five first aircr
31 NoelG: In a word - NO!!!! The 732 is a noisy, cramped rust bucket (and that was a BA one a few years ago!). Yuck!!
32 LGW: I love it, great looking and sounding aircraft with real character unlike modern jets. I was lucky enough to fly on a 732 a few years back, G-BGDA MAN
33 RayChuang: While the 737-200 introduced shorter-range jet travel, its noisy JT8D engines means the plane will probably be out of service by 2010. I remember flyi
34 BR715-A1-30: Man, I would hate it if someone came up one day and told me I couldn't drive my car anymore because it was too noisy. I have a noisy muffler system.
35 Jj: You gotta love the feeling of the take-off and runway from row 15-17!!!!!!!!! I mean, having flown plenty of other types, nothing equals this tiny lit
36 UN_B732: My favorite 732 carrier WAS MetroJet... I mean it is but they are defunct. If it is a carrier currently flying, make it Transaero (Russia). -UN The 73
37 XQ737: Hey, in about one months I gonna fly on the 732 for the first time. I can't wait! I'm just 19 years old and I can't wait to fly on a really old aircra
38 CanyonBlue: The B732.................. Not a fan. Why? 1.) NOISY! And that's inside the cabin! 2.) Maintenance......... The first airline I worked for flew B732's
39 Astrojet: The 200 series is the nicest of all for me, I like those long engines under the wing better than the oval ones on the newer generations.
40 Marcopolo747: Jj, Seats on the wing and beyond are very noisy but also the funniest ones to fly. I would suggest you to fly behind the wing to check those mighty th
41 Trintocan: I have only flown on the 737-200 twice, largely because it was little used by Eastern Caribbean airlines. The first time I flew on one was in 1979 fro
42 SRD737NG: 737-200 is a well built machine.....it can take alot of pounding. Example: Other than the unfortunate incident at Aloha years back (737-100 by the way
43 737doctor: As someone who is paid to maintain 737's, I would honestly have to say that I prefer working on the NG737's. BUT, I do respect the way the our old -20
44 MSYtristar: I never really was a fan of the 737-200 until I started working with Vanguard. There, I really learned to appreciate them. In fact, they were more rea
45 Upsmd11: I have had some great flights on the 732. Once on WN from MDW - SDF there was a terrible storm with tornadic activity that we flew around but had the
46 Fanofjets: I enjoyed flying the -100s and -200s; they always felt safe and secure. I flew PeoplExpress, USAir, Piedmont, and Canadi>n. The last offered excellent
47 Corners: I have a soft spot for the old 737-200's. Up here in British Columbia, Canada they opened up many smaller towns to full jet service back in the 60's a
48 Aztec01: I do, I do, I do love the 732!! Tiny, nice lines...sexy! Oh yeah, and loud! I'll never forget the rush to my lower GI tract when I first saw those thr
49 Kevin752: I Love the 737-200. It is an old plane but It is still one plane that I love. I have enjoyed this plane on Croatia airlines.
50 UPSfueler: The 732 is one of my favorite aircraft. It was that plane that got me hooked on aviation when I took my first ever flight on one back in June 92, ORD-
51 777lover: Have to stand up for the 732. NJ 732's took me all over the US. They will always hold a soft spot in my heart. Do you think UPS or Fedex will give the
52 Barney captain: While I absolutely respect our ever decreasing fleet of -200's for their incredible contribution to this company, I have to agree with 737DOC, gimmie
53 Dsuairptman: Yes, its a favorable aircraft. I'm gald to see it still operating in mainline colors as other aircraft of its era (B727,747-1/200,DC-9) being put out
54 Areopagus: I think Fat Albert is too stubby to look particularly good. But it works. My first flight in a 732 was in April 1972, FRA-HAM on Lufthansa. My last wa
55 Capital146: Thanks for all the comments on the 732, it seems as though it holds a favourable place in many people's hearts, not just mine. Keep those comments (an
56 Jetdeltamsy: I do not like the 200's. they are loud and rattle like they're going to fly to pieces on take off.
57 Flynboy747: I love the 732. I would fly that over the A320 anyday! Personally, I don't like Airbus at all! I think Delta Express was my favorite operator of the 7