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B737-500 Vs -600 Sales  
User currently offlineSteph001 From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 315 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3161 times:

Hello everyone,

if you look at Boeing's figures http://active.boeing.com/commercial/orders/userdefinedselection.cfm?flash=y, you notice that there were 389 deliveries for the B737-500, the first one on February 28, 1990, the last one on July 21, 1999. For the 737-600 you have up to now (last delivery October 17, 2003) only 51 deliveries and 72 orders, the first delivery being on September 18, 1998. The -500 was for about 10 years in production and they sold 389 units, for the -600 you have only 51 units after 5 years of production. Overall the -600 seems to do worse than the -500, although it is its direct successor and the direct competitor from Airbus (A318) was not available until very recent. Why is that?

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User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8656 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3109 times:

Those -500s aren't very old at all, the oldest machine is 13 but most of them would be only 5, 6, 7 years old. Hardly in need of urgent replacement, especially in this day and age. Something else, the -500 is the long range variant (the 737SP, if you like), so if you've got a fleet of -300s, -400s and -500s, the -500s will have the lowest number of cycles. All my flights on -500s have been quite long, Houston to Newark kinda stuff, which I think is mostly typical. So I don't think the problem is with the -600, it's just the timing of it.

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User currently offlineTs-ior From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3734 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3088 times:

This does not mean that the 735 or the 736 weren't successful.The market for these two deviation is not as large as for the 800 for example,and then rival A319 and A318 continue to gain market so we may have the explanation here.And then you may figure the Boeing's expectations before launch to judge whether they were successful or not.

User currently offlineSteph001 From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3078 times:

By the way, the rival of the 737-500,-600 is the Airbus 318 , or the Airbus 319?

User currently offlineHlywdCatft From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 5321 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3042 times:

The 737-600 costs as much as the 737-700 to operate. That is why it is a big turnoff to operators who currently fly the 735. United as we see is going Airbus, Continental we don't know if they are going to eventually get the 736, but Southwest is all about cost savings and since the 736 costs as much as the 73G to operate, they decided to just get the 73G that way they can sell more seats on a flight.

User currently offlineAA7573E From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 475 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3003 times:

When is United going Airbus? I still see them flying a VERY mixed fleet, and actually the 73's are the most numerous aircraft in their fleet, if I recall correctly.

See you up front!
User currently offlineCessna172RG From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 750 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 2935 times:


I thought that Continental flew the 735 already, as I have taken a flight on them a few years back, IAH-CLT, 735. After checking their website, they still are using them: http://www.continental.com/Travel/inflight/aircraft/735.asp?SID=EB0BAD6F5737453992E188CD8DBA15F9

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User currently offlineContinentalFan From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 360 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2872 times:

Continental has a bunch of 735s, some of them are less than 5yrs old (I think) and were some of the last old school 737s made. They are just as nice as the 737NGs on the inside (as are their 733s, actually).

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