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User currently offlineTPASXM787 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 19
Posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2572 times:

In October I have to fly to MSY for a wedding. The SWA people at TPA can probably answer this best. This may be an incredibly dumb question, and if it is flame away, but what 737 model does WN use on that flight, or does it just change all the time??

I don't want to be stuck on an old -300 for two hours after a cattle-call to get my seat.

Thanks!!

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User currently offlineBobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6490 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2564 times:

Do you think the seat you sit in will be different on the various models that Southwest may use on this flight?

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26595 posts, RR: 75
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2554 times:

Quoting TPASXM787 (Thread starter):
This may be an incredibly dumb question, and if it is flame away, but what 737 model does WN use on that flight, or does it just change all the time??

I don't want to be stuck on an old -300 for two hours after a cattle-call to get my seat.

According to the schedules, 3 of the 6 are 73Gs and 3 of the 6 are 733s. In all honesty, the seats are the same, and many of the 733s are quite new, so what is the problem? As far as the "cattle-call" goes, frankly it is at least as organized at a WN gate as it is at another carrier's gate where they say "now seating group 1, now seating group 1 and 2, etc."



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User currently offlineTPASXM787 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2552 times:

Sweet! I have been stuck on some old 737's on DL, US, etc and they have been horrible. I mean like to the point where I was wondering they last time they had any interior MX.

Thanks!



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26595 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2508 times:

Quoting TPASXM787 (Reply 3):
Sweet! I have been stuck on some old 737's on DL, US, etc and they have been horrible. I mean like to the point where I was wondering they last time they had any interior MX.

WN's 733s are transitioning to the all leather 73G interior, and are kept up quite well. On most 733s at WN, the only way to tell it is a 733 is looking at the wing.



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User currently offline48V From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2368 times:

I just flew TPA-MSY on a WN 733 last week. Had the nice new leather interior. It was just fine - would have been more than fine except that the flight was completely full. And it's quite a bit less than two hours, too.

User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2326 times:

Quoting TPASXM787 (Thread starter):
I don't want to be stuck on an old -300 for two hours after a cattle-call to get my seat

The alternative is getting stuck in Atlanta.

I've taken this route on a 733 - don't worry - you have nothing to fear.

Adding to what N1120A says, Southwest’s boarding procedure is no less uncivilized compared to any other US carrier on most short flights.


User currently offlineTPASXM787 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2267 times:

I am encouraged by these responses...I've never flown WN before and not sure what to expect. Heard some great things/some bad. When I saw 737-300, I was thinking great another old 737 that needs a lot of interior t.l.c. like the ones I have been one before on different airlines. I had no idea about the leather interiors that is a nice touch.

And yes, after being faced with the alternatives of:

TPA-ATL-MSY on DL
TPA-CLT-MSY on US
TPA-MEM-MSY on NW(DC-9's included  Smile )

WN was an easy choice!



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User currently offlineN200WN From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 784 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2246 times:

Quoting TPASXM787 (Reply 7):
I had no idea about the leather interiors that is a nice touch

There are still some WN 733's that haven't been converted to the leather seating yet, and I know of at least one (as of about two weeks ago) that still had the lounge (aft facing) seats. If your lucky enough to get on the one with the lounge seating go straight to the back and take one of the aft facing seats for a fun ride.

In any case, on the 733's/73G's with all fwd seats, there are 92 window and aisle seats out of 137. If your in the A or B group getting a good seat won't be a problem. I was number 126 to board once and still got a window seat.


User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2240 times:

All I can say is this. The 733's with the new interiors are just as appealing (if not more so) than any narrow body plane flying with any airline currently. Very comfortable seating with ample legroom. I wouldn't hesitate to fly on a newly-configured 737 cross country if need be. They sure beat the heck out of FL's 717 fleet.

By the way, TPA-MSY is usually only around one hour and twenty five minutes flying time, sometimes a tad more, but it's pretty short overall. It's a scenic flight too if there are no clouds. Sit on the left side of the plane and you'll have a great view of the Gulf of Mexico coastline for most of the flight.


User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2235 times:

Quoting N200WN (Reply 8):
There are still some WN 733's that haven't been converted to the leather seating yet, and I know of at least one (as of about two weeks ago) that still had the lounge (aft facing) seats.

N508SW still had the aft facing seats as of two weeks ago. However, it is a -500 variant. I scored it twice on the same day.


The original poster is traveling in October – all the aft facing configurations will most likely be gone.


User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2224 times:

If you want skyteam points, go with NW since MEM is an easy connection.

However, if you aren't concerned about miles, go with WN. Their service is really very good in comparision to coach service with other airlines.



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