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Launch Customer For The 737-300  
User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1560 posts, RR: 34
Posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 5226 times:

Now I could have sworn Piedmont was the launch customer for the 737-300. However today I was reading something that said Southwest was. Am I possible getting Piedmont confused with the launch of the -400 series? Maybe PI was the -400's first customer. Was'nt that about the time of the horrible PI/US merger?

Thanks!

SWA TPA


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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 5201 times:

I think you're right, SWATPA. Southwest launched the -300, while Piedmont launched the -400. And while we're at it, WN also launched the -500. Regards.


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User currently offlineOrion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 5185 times:

My beloved Orion Airways was the first European operator of the 737-300 and the first in the UK. In fact, they were the only 737-300 operator in the UK for many years.

User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5702 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 5175 times:

Correction...

US Airways was the first.

"US Airways placed the first order for the re-engined (meaning from the 737-200 version) Boeing twin-jet by signing for 10 737-3B7's on March 5, 1981. The first 737-300 flew on February 24th, 1984 to what was known as US Air. It was then certified in November of the same year. US Air AND Southwest had both placed the 737-300 into service in December of that year as well."

The 737-400 was launched by Peidmont Air, correct and US Air got it, when they took over. 735 was launched by SWA as well as the 737.
Alex



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User currently offlineMD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 5161 times:

There is a pic of one of the first built 300s in the database at the Paris Air Show, I guess 1984.. It's in USAir rust colors. I'll try to find it.


Caution wake turbulence, you are following a heavy jet.
User currently offlineMD11LuxuryLinr From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1385 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 5127 times:


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Correction, it wasn't the Paris Air Show.. it was Farnborough..



Caution wake turbulence, you are following a heavy jet.
User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16365 posts, RR: 56
Reply 6, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 5112 times:

The first 733 entered commercial service with US Air on Dec 18/84 on a PIT-BUF-YYZ routing.

Western Airlines was the 3rd US carrier to order the 733 with an order for 3 in 1982.






Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3806 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 5110 times:

According to the book Boeing 737-300 to -800 by Robbie Shaw, MBI Publishing, 1999:

"The series -300 was the first of the new generation 737s, with the go-ahead coming in March 1981 following orders from Southwest Airlines and USAir for 10 each and options for a further 20 planes."

Perhaps there is a technical difference between the term "launch customer" and the airline(s) whose order(s) prompted the project go-ahead, but to me both Southwest and USAir would qualify for the title of launch customer for the 737-300.


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 11 months 2 weeks ago) and read 5105 times:

The launch costomers of each model of the 737 series:

  • 737-100: Lufthansa

  • 737-200: United Airlines

  • 737-300: Southwest

  • 737-400: Piedmont

  • 737-500: Southwest

  • 737-600: SAS

  • 737-700: Southwest

  • 737-800: Hapag-Lloyd

  • 737-900: Alaska Airlines


  • Patrick

    [Edited 2005-01-10 02:08:10]

    User currently offlineWomack17 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 490 posts, RR: 5
    Reply 9, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5078 times:
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    Are any current US airlines albeit commercial, charter, or corporate flying the 737-600 at this time?

    Also, are there any firm or future orders for the 737-600 in the works?

    Thanks for any assistance or information given!!



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    User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
    Reply 10, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5075 times:

    Correction to the correction..(isn't this fun?)
    The first Boeing 737-300 was delivered to Herb on 11-30-84.
    Reg was N300SW, airframe#22941
    USAir received their first 300 on 4-11-85 as N352AU and renumbered N373US
    on 11-14-88.
    N350AU(N371US) was deliver 4-30-85 and N351AU(N372US) was delivered to USAIRWAYS on 11-27-85.
    Herb received three 300's before USAIR got their first.
    ref....Boeing Production book copyright Feb 2003
    The production books are the "argument settlers".
    keep smilin'

    safe



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    User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16365 posts, RR: 56
    Reply 11, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 5022 times:

    Also, are there any firm or future orders for the 737-600 in the works?

    Westjet has ordered 3 for 2005 dely.




    Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
    User currently offlineHoya From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 416 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 12, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4910 times:

    Adding to the post above, an unidentified customer ordered 5 737-600s in Dec. 2004.


    Hoya Saxa!!
    User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12334 posts, RR: 18
    Reply 13, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4876 times:
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    Adding to the post above, an unidentified customer ordered 5 737-600s in Dec. 2004 which is believed to be westjet

    User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12334 posts, RR: 18
    Reply 14, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4867 times:
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    The last delivery customer for the B733 is Air New Zealand. I think the rego is ZK-NGM

    User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12334 posts, RR: 18
    Reply 15, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 4851 times:
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    The last delivery customers for the early 737 series

    737-100 - NASA
    737-200 - Xiamen
    737-300 - Air New Zealand
    737-400 - CSA Czech Air
    737-500 - Air Nippon


    User currently onlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1575 posts, RR: 1
    Reply 16, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4802 times:

    Was ZK-NGM delivered new or bought secondhand.


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    The K2 code suggests it was built for KLM or Transavia of Holland.



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    User currently offlineSWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1560 posts, RR: 34
    Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4633 times:


    Thanks for all the great information provided in the replies!
    It is much appreciated!

    SWA TPA



    I believe I can fly.....
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