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Share Your Experiences On The B737-400  
User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

Hi there fellow A.netters  Smile

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  Laugh out loud 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.

Thanks!

Regards,

Justin  Big thumbs up

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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2739 times:

The B737-400 is a bit of a bus - it has come to be the generic Boeing narrow body, like the A320 is the generic Airbus narrowbody - not very exciting. They are OK, I've been on a few...

QF SYD-BNE vv
BD LHR-AMS vv, LHR-NCE vv
BA LHR-MAN vv, LHR-NCE vv, LGW-CDG vv
US BOS-PHL, PIT-BOS
EI MAN-DUB
KL AMS-LHR vv
UX PMI-BCN


User currently offlineBa319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8430 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2722 times:
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Well looking at my log i've had 16 737-400 flights,all but 2 with BA.

The '2' were both Luxair flight,and both on the same plane LX-LGF!

Here are the BA flights:-

20/07/92. BA762 LHR FBU 737-436 G-DOCF
04/09/92. BA439 AMS LHR 737-436 G-DOCL
17/08/93. BA426 LHR AMS 737-436 G-DOCF
19/08/93. BA443 AMS LHR 737-436 G-DOCP
24/12/01. BA502 LHR LIS 737-436 G-DOCH
29/01/01. BA503 LIS LHR 737-436 G-DOCW
14/09/02. BA902 LHR FRA 737-436 G-DOCB
19/10/02. BA936 LHR DUS 737-436 G-DOCW
19/10/02. BA941 DUS LHR 737-436 G-DOCH
09/01/03. BA1335 NCL LHR 737-436 G-DOCE
24/07/03. BA2470 LGW MAD 737-436 G-DOCL
06/10/02. BA2913 MAN LGW 737-4Q8 G-BUHK
27/07/94. BA2841 CDG LGW 737-4S3 G-TREN
04/08/94. BA2917 FRA LGW 737-4S3 G-BVNN

The 737 family is ok,but I prefer flying on the Airbus A320 family,the extra feeling of space make all the difference.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineMYT332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2707 times:

Flew back on a Dan Air 734 back in 1992 from ATH-MAN. Only found out the aircraft type last year, the previous 11 years i had believed it was a B752! oops.

Anyway what i remember was that we had a fat captain but the flight was fine, i think. I was only 6!!

-
Alex




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User currently offlineLuv767s From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2664 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.

I wrote a trip report about the AS flights. http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/36334/6/



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User currently offlineMYT332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 71
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2652 times:

lots of power on those SNA takeoffs where they rev up and release like a rocket, then throttle down at 1000 ft up
Oh I know someone who is going to agree there!!




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User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2630 times:

Oh I know someone who is going to agree there!!

Your damn right Alex. That will be me!!!! You just know me too well Big grin

Honestly, I have never been so overwhelmed by anything before in my life! They shift like you couldn't believe!  Wow!

Justin  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineAs739x From United States of America, joined Apr 2003, 6001 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2618 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.
ASSFO



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User currently offlineMerC From Sweden, joined Dec 2003, 590 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2580 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.


It's Scandinavian
User currently offlineAirBerlin From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2556 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.

AL


User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4119 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2451 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.

-Stephen


User currently offline744 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 447 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2422 times:

I am scared to fly these planes, especially on my KLM flights (whoa that was very scary!). I have flown on the following 737's:

KLM
9W
AA
SouthWest
AS
UA
IC
MH


User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 5946 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2385 times:
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The 737-400 is underpowered, slow when climbing, slow in the cruise and has a pitiful range. I'll take a 735 or a 737-700 any time over a '400


MGGS
User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 4256 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2316 times:

Flew US 737-401 MIA-PHL-MIA in F class late Dec 2003.

Seats were comfy, but kind of old and it was nice and quiet up front. As far as power (or lack thereof), I didn't notice anything lacking in that department, and we were full both ways.

I'd fly a 400 over a 300 any day. The 300 is dull, while the 400 is ho-hum (i.e. slightly better than dull).


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