Jkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 3113 times:
Hi there fellow A.netters
Since flying on my first 737-400 flight with BA back in January, I thought I would share my experiences and over-all opinion of this aircraft etc.
I flew on G-GBTB and G-DOCO (Anyone else been on these?) Anyway, my first impressions upon boarding were kind of like "This plane doesn't look this big from the outside!"
I was lucky, as BA has these blue leather seats aboard all their regional aircraft (As far as I am aware, can anyone clarify?) so the seat was real nice and snug, but they could do with more width for my fat ass But I did feel like I was on my own private jet. The fact that there were under 20 pax on board made me feel like this!
Take off was phenomenal if you ask me, I loved the acceleration but I am sure that there are many that out-perform it. (Which is the best plane for pure acceleration?) Someone warned me that the 400 does fly!
Cruising was ok, but you did feel all the bumps. I had a really smooth ride all in all.
What were the things that you like and dis-like about this plane? It would be interesting to share these.
Luv767s From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3015 times:
I've flown on 2 different airlines' 737-400s. I first flew US Airways in 1999 from SDF Louisville, KY to PIT Pittsburgh, PA. I was impressed that they had TVs mounted above the aisles (at least I think they did). But it didn't seem much different to me than other 737-300s except that it held more people and had 2 window exits on each side.
Just last year, I flew Alaska Airlines from OAK Oakland,CA to SNA (Orange County) and back, and was really impressed by Alaska Airlines, more so than the 734. It was extremely clean and very spacious, and lots of power on those SNA takeoffs where they rev up and release like a rocket, then throttle down at 1000 ft up. It's awesome.
As739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6253 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2969 times:
The 737-400 is so underpowered. The SNA takeoff feels good in any plane but honestly the -400 has nothing. If you are familiar with SFO, when the weather is bad the planes depart south on runway 19L/R and make a easterly turn before going over some mountains. The 734 has a pitiful engine out weight. We have to restrict them to a TOW of between 121.0 and 126.3 when departing those runways. Well a full flight to Puerta Vallarta weights in the 130's so we get no non-rev's,no cargo,no mail and sometimes bump pax. That my opinion on the 734. I can't wait till we get the 738 to replace it. We (Alaska) will be retiring our first 2 734's this year.
"Some pilots avoid storm cells and some play connect the dots!"
MerC From Sweden, joined Dec 2003, 590 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2931 times:
Flew on a Pegasus Airlines B737-400 from GOT-AYT in 2002. That was my first flight on a B737, so I guess I was a bit excited.. The flight was nothing special though. Surly flight attendants and the food was average. But I sure enjoyed the roar from the CFM engines when we rolled down the rwy.
AirBerlin From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2907 times:
I just flew LHR-TXL on a 400. I was very impressed. I found it extremely spacious and the seats and the leg room were outstanding. I usually fly on LH A300's and A320's from TXL-FRA but I found the BA flight 100% more comfortable. On LH they don't even give you a sandwich in economy and there much less legroom and the seats are not as wide. At least that was my impression.
Planesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4124 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2802 times:
The 737 feels so powerful and fast because it is nearer the ground, so you get more of that rushing feel.
I've never been on a B737-400 but I've been on a B737-300 as BA2820 LGW-CDG on the 16th December 2002. I can't remember much about it, but i prefer the B757s. From memory i can't think of any other time i flew on a B737.