Jaxs170 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 99 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5418 times:
I have flown the 732, and I'll say from a pilot's perspective it is a blast to fly. The flight deck is stone age, but the plane handles like a sports car, incredibly maneuverable and very responsive on the controls. The engines are older and are not as responsive or powerful as I would have liked, but after about 5 hours worth of flying her I knew how to get ahead and anticipate needed power increases so I got them inputed about 2-4 seconds before I needed the power so it was there when I actually did need it. Now, as a passenger, I do not care for it very much in either coach or first. The best seats IMHO are the exit row seats, and the first row of coach and first, all the other seats are equally bad (including first).
Jmc757 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5348 times:
I flew BHX-PMI-BHX with European on the 732s in July. Was a cracking experience. Those things are proper little pocket rockets!
It sounds very noisy to fly in, a bit shaky and everything rattles! Was a good experience though. Was fairly uncomfortable, the noise was annoying after a bit, the seats were so uncomfortable, and in general the aircraft was a bit shabby (although thats not the aircrafts fault!).
EGNR From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5337 times:
I flew on a Dan-Air BAC 1-11 500 on my second holiday abroad, to Menorca around 1987-1988. I was only around 8 years old at the time, but I remember that on takeoff, the cabin was extremely noisy towards the rear.
I've never flown on a 737-200 so can't compare the two types, but I have flown on a Transwede MD-87 also, and that was much, much quieter inside. I haven't flown on anything else of a similar configuration - rest of my flights have been 737-300s, 757s, 767, BAe 146.
N1120a From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26196 posts, RR: 76
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5291 times:
I can't remember ever having a One-Eleven flight, but I have flown on every 737 except the -600 and I can say that the 200 is definately sprightly. It feels more like a car running down a road and taking off than an airplane. It is sort of the same feeling as flying an RJ, especially a CRJ-200 where you really feel the take off as a run as opposed to a roll and seem to take off fast and land fast. Also, it is funny to have a view of the engine and see the thrust reverser drop back and make the engine look like it is broken.
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PHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7482 posts, RR: 24
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5268 times:
I've never flown in the BAC 1-11 but have flown 3 or 4 times in a 732 from the early 90s to last year on US, FL, (when they both flew them) and DL just last year.
Picture a single-aisle 6-across Coach seating with no TV monitors of any type. The safety demostration is done the old-fashioned way; the F/As on board actually go through the demonstration.
Interiorwise, the DL and US interiors didn't look any different from their other aircraft. The interior of the FL 732 I flew on 6 years ago looked the oldest. The 'No Smoking' and 'Fasten Seat Belts' lighted signs were old-style all-capital lettering en lieu of either the newer lower case/first letter capitialized or the symbols.
Overall, I had no real problems or issues with the aircraft.
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PNEPilot From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5248 times:
Flew British Caledonian BAC1-11 LGW-MAN-LGW in the mid 80s
Noisy at the back... quieter nearer the front... adequate space for short-haul... got breakfast (croissant, fruit & coffee) on the early morning outbound, drinks service (including free alcohol) on the mid-afternoon inbound.
Outbound departed from 8 and routed out over the Thames over East London, got to see the "Eastenders" opening titles for real, before disappearing into cloud, the return leg was cloudy the whole way but must have been pretty direct since we were in the air less than 25 minutes and the captain apologized for rushing our drinks
My only 737 flights so far, Southwest BWI-MCO-BWI in 1997 - not sure what variant it was, sorry. Took off on time, landed on time, unremarkable flights in just about every respect except that outbound my wife & I sat opposite eachother in the exit row window seats, only time I've ever sat facing backwards except in an RAF VC-10.
BAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5208 times:
I flew the 1-11's several times back in the 80's with BA JER-LHR, Monarch LTN-IBZ-LTN and USAir PIT-CLT-PIT and all were great but noisy trips. On the LTN-IBZ flight we got to board via the tail stairs, which was the first and only time I've ever done that. The IBZ-LTN flight had us sitting in the rear-facing exit row seats, which was interesting on takeoff - with the great climb rate of those things it felt like you were going to slide right out of the seat. And infact, the JER-LHR trip was my first ever flight in a jet aircraft - after only having flown Viscounts and Trislanders, it felt like we were almost heading straight up on takeoff! Have to say that my only memories of the USAir flights were that they were severly delayed due to heavy snow in PIT, but I was flying PIT-CLT to meet my family in NC for the first time...which was nice!
So all in all, I have fond memories of those aircraft, even if they were as noisy as hell at the back!
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Tpaewr From United States of America, joined May 2001, 450 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 5165 times:
I have done every type of 737, but the 736, yes even the rare 731, and the 111 too. Great planes, I kinda regret never flying a 741, I had a chance once, but couldn't get J or P, faced with 8hr in row 42, I bolted and hoped a DC-10-30 in Biz, thinking I'd catch my -100 another day, but damn if they aren't all retired! Oh well I guess I had my chance.
Of all the "old" types I miss the DC10 the most, she had a charming whine during take-off. It always reminds me of being a teen on my first trip to Europe. My last DC10 was a few years ago into NRT, but I still see FedEx going over head all the time, gotta love the DC-10.
Gearup From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 578 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5145 times:
I flew on Ryanair's last 1-11 from Stansted to Dublin. I was seated in row 5 on right side of aircraft at window. It was as smooth as glass and quiet too. It took off like a missile but then there were only 40 or so pax on board. I will never forget it, the 1-11 was a beautiful aircraft and all too rare these days. A pilot friend who flew Hunters for the RAF told me the 1-11 handles like a fighter!!! On another occasion I got to sit in the jump seat of a Zambia Airways B737-200 on flight from Lusaka to Livingston and we overflew the Victoria Falls on approach to Livingston. What an experience, just unforgettable. The 737 was an Aer Lingus one leased to ZA, I think it was EI-ASD. The 200 is still my favourite 737!
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: I flew Maersk Air (BA livery) 1-11 in Sept. 1995 BHX-AMS and Air France 737-200 in March 1999 PRG-CDG.
: >have done every type of 737, but the 736, yes even the rare 731, and the 111 too. Great planes, I kinda regret never flying a 741, I had a chance on
: If you were to fly Air Nambia, i think they use 747 SP flights between there base and LHR.