SWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 36 Posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4641 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?
Atrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5678 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4590 times:
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.
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Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3784 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4525 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.
Isitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 24
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 4490 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
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".
If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.