Juventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 10 months 13 hours ago) and read 11472 times:
Lately, Boeing has been racking up 737 orders in Japan and China. New Indian LCC SpiceJet has just ordered 10 next generation 737s. Most predicted that Airbus was on pace to sell more aircraft in 2005, but once again, the 737 is really coming through for Boeing.
Juventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2 Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 13 hours ago) and read 11335 times:
An ATA 737 check-airman said to me that he didn't like the 737 because old and new technology don't work together very well. I've never flown the 737, but if Boeing continues to sell it, something has to be working right.
Qxq400 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 255 posts, RR: 2 Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 12 hours ago) and read 10994 times:
The 737 is based on an old design.Big deal the new tech. plus the cost of operating this plane must still be current. Southwest and Airtran use and all Boeing fleet.
They are 2 of the 3 airlines in the US. that turned a profit last year.So the 737 follows the old saying "If it aint broke do not fix it!"
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3377 posts, RR: 9 Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 12 hours ago) and read 10960 times:
As far as I know the most popular "original" (-100, -200, -200Adv) 737 is the -200Adv, the most popular "classic" (-300, -400, -500) 737 is the -300, and the most popular "next generation" (-600, -700, -800, -900) 737 is the -800.
I know the 737-200 (including the -200 Advanced and the -200 Combi) was the most popular of the bunch, not sure if the -700 or -800 has beat it yet or not.
But still, if Boeing can sell 5,000 of those 737s they must be pretty damn good I think!!
MD80Nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 876 posts, RR: 9 Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 11 hours ago) and read 10893 times:
Yeah, the 737 just keeps chugging along. To me, the success of the 737NG series is the most amazing, given the strong competition by the excellent A320 family. Having flown in the original -200s and the -700 & 800 it's remarkable how much nicer the new ones are. I love the old Fat Alberts but I like the new ones much better.
I would assume that these figures are fairly recent as the most recent article on this website is about Kitty Hawk's decision to take 7 737-300SFs on Jan 17, 2005. However, I would imagine some of the more recent orders such as the Indian orders and perhaps the JAL order are not included.
As for the honor of who should get the 5000th 737. Personally, I believe that you should always give that honor to one of your loyal and longtime customers. Although some airlines have spent more with Boeing by ordering larger jets (SQ, UA, etc.), I think that the honor of the 5.000th 737 should go to the largest 737 user, Southwest (whose current 737 fleet is nearly equal to 10% of all 737s delivered!).
Gearup From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 578 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 11 hours ago) and read 10737 times:
Every 737 fan has their reasons for loving this aircraft, here are some of mine:
Just love that classic Boeing nose it got from the 707/727 WITH the eyebrow windows.
Ever watch the integral airstairs operate? It's a thing of beauty and makes the aircraft more versatile.
Simple landing gear, no main doors yet when retracted the underbelly still looks clean.
I just love those non-circular engine air intakes, they just look awesome.
Loved the thrust-reversers on the 200 model. When it lands with full flap and it deploys with the spoilers, it looks like everything in sight is moving. A joy to behold.
It would seem the 737 is the perfect aircraft for LCC's - non containerised cargo hold, low ground clearance, integral airstairs.
My favourite is the 700 but I like the 200 and the 500 also.
Very reliable, solid and easy to maintain.
Need I go on?
This is not to take anything away from the A320, another fine aircraft but the 737 is special.
I will shut up now lest I upset the A320 fans.
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5540 posts, RR: 11 Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 10 hours ago) and read 10545 times:
Now that you point it out, I realize that Airtran is flying brand new, 40 year old planes! The DC-9 and the 737. Haha.
I don't really think that the 737NG has much "old tech" left. I mean, new avionics, new engines, new APU, and much new electrical stuff. Okay, so that leaves what, the fuselage?
So the next time I hear the 737 called 'low tech' I will laugh. Southwest requested that Boeing NOT build it fly-by-wire, as did other operators (Modern Boeing Jetliners, 2000).
PanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 9 Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 9 hours ago) and read 10430 times:
Honda has made Accords and Civics since Jimmy Carter was in office and disco reigned supreme on vinyl discs called records. Toyota has been making the Camry almost as long.
The 737 may not be the perfect plane, but it is the most flexible when it comes to modification. It has more models than any other Boeing model, and has even outlived its younger siblings in production.
It just simply is a design that works.
And in answer to your question, Jeremy (7E72004), the original -100 model was quickly supplanted by the much more successful -200 model. Boeing ended production quickly on the -100, and for a while only built the -200.
There were two batches of "Next Generation" 737's to come along - the -300/400/500, and the -600/700/800. The -300 was considered a replacement for the -200, the -400 was a stretched version, and the -500 was a shorter and not terribly fuel-efficient but fleet-common version.
Then came the current "Next Generation" - the -600, a poor seller, but one heck of a hot-rod as I understand, the -700 (the -300's replacement), and the -800, a cross between a 737-400 and a 757-200 in terms of capacity. The -900, I believe is an extension of that.
Lord have mercy, it's scary when a Boeing nut can't even keep all the models straight!! I hope I got that all correct...let me know if something needs fixing!
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Juventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2 Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 7 hours ago) and read 10221 times:
I'm begining to think that the 737 line will never close. My opinion- In a few years UAL, NW, USAIR, AA, CO, and Delta will replace their 757s with NG737s. Added to that, Southwest becomes the largest airline in the world.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20322 posts, RR: 64 Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 6 hours ago) and read 10023 times:
That's pretty amazing after all these years the -200 is still the #1 model in terms of deliveries and beat out the -300 by just one! I'll have to look at the deliveries list a bit more--the only -400s I've flown on in the U.S. were with AS and US, and seems the -400 had the bulk of its sales overseas.
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