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User currently offlineTWAneedsHELP From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1691 times:

I know America West still flies a 737-100 for the Phoenix Suns NBA team. When were the 100s built, how many are still to airworthy, and does anyone know who flies them?


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User currently offlineWinAir From United States of America, joined May 1999, 270 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1577 times:

actually America West scrapped their 737-100 recently  

User currently offlineIntermod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1575 times:

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Photo © Carlos Borda

The above photo shows the AW 731, the last one operated by a major US airline, being scrapped. I would imagine that they are still being flown somewhere, but am not sure where.

User currently offlineTWAneedsHELP From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1562 times:

Thanks guys.

User currently offline777YYC From Canada, joined May 2000, 744 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1559 times:

I saw somewhere that two of them are still airworthy and are being flown in South America(Chile?)

User currently offlineTWA717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1545 times:

Only 30 were built. If memory serves correctly, airlines much prefered the -200 model which was introduced very shortly after the 100.

I don't know who still operates the model.

For more info:


User currently offline747-600X From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2829 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

You can check Bill Harms aircraft census for some info on their original operators, etc. He lists all 737-100s and -200s built in detail.
According to this census, only 2 are left, and they operate for Aero Continente (never heard of it) along with a bunch of other 4th-hand 737s.

User currently offlineWorldTraveller From Germany, joined Jun 1999, 624 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1504 times:

Hi, did you know the Lufthansa was the launch customer of the 737-100?

They had to push Boeing really hard to go forward with the 737 project as Boeing wanted to bring the plane out later (they didn't see a market back then).


User currently offlineTriple Seven From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 531 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1511 times:

The 737-112 built for MSA (Malaysia-Singapore Airlines) is unique as it is the only 737-100 built for hot and high operation. It features higher rated engines (JT8D-9A) and higher gross weight and some small structural modifications. Boeing tailored the -112 to meet MSAs needs South East Asian climate. One of a kind.

- Triple Seven

User currently offlineSouthflite From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1510 times:

Of the 30 B737-100s built only about 2 are still operational - one (ex-Lufthansa) with Aero Continente in Peru (but Aruban-registered), and one (ex-MAS) with the Mexican Air Force.

United, the second airline to order the B737, insisted on more seats, which caused the stretched -200 Series to be developed - all subsequent bar two (Avianca & MAS) ordered the larger version. Even Lufthansa eventually replaced its B737-100s with B737-200s in the early 80's.

User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1497 times:

Man, do I remember these birds! When I was with Air Florida back in the early 1980s, we had all 4 or 5 (6?) of them, and compared with the Basic -200s (-7 powered) these -9 powered 100s rocked!. They were sill in MSA paint schemes with "Air Florida" logos, etc. and they were evntually repainted. All came with the HF wire antennas installed, and stood out among other 737s.

There were a couple of the two that were nicknamed "Rodan" and "Godzila" due to their propensity for MX problems and resultant hanger time, not to mention that all of them had bugs of different sorts---insects that is. A couple of years later, I was interviewing with another airline (which had acquired some of MSA's 727s) and I jokingly asked the interviewer if they'd had encountered the same bug problems. It turned out that they had, but that parking the aircraft in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska for a couple weeks had pretty much cured *that*  

User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 11, posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1459 times:

I flew on a Continental 737-100 EWR to Buffalo. Interestingly, this was the main route in the PeoplExpress network for the -100, and my trip was a good few years after the two airlines were merged (it was from People's that CO ended up with these rare birds). The plane was pretty tired looking, but I loved it cos I knew I wouldn't get another ride in one - this was in 1991 and already there were only about a dozen on the planet, and only CO's five in the first world. Good flight, landing was really nice.

Remember when CO was a by-word for everything that was horrible about US domestic air travel? And the fleet: 727s, 737s (including the venerable -100s), 747s, A300s, DC9s (misc srs.), MD80s, DC10s (-10 and -30). What a mess - the average age must have been higher than NW or PA. Now it's 737, 757, 767, 777. Nice.

fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineCV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1448 times:

Hi there.

talking about the 737-100 just wanted to tell you that I had the previlege of flying the very first 737-100 ( not counting the prototype of course! ). I flew D-ABEA LH from Geneva to Frankfurt in 1980!
Lucky me!!!

User currently offlineTWAneedsHELP From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (16 years 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1445 times:

Cedarjet: I've read some of your posts so I know your pretty knowledgable. Therefore you must know that CO flies in addition to the Boeing models lots of MD80s, DC10s, and 727-200s. Also last I knew, CO didnt have any 767s. If your really interested in CO's turnaround, you should read Bethune's modestly titled "From Worst to First: How I alone turned around America's worst airline" or something like that.  

User currently offlineKALB From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 573 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (16 years 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1433 times:

I was on PeoplExpress 737-100s a couple of times, EWR-DCA. Last flight I remember though, was a CO flight in 1994, CLE-ATL.

User currently offlineB737-112 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 893 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (16 years 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1415 times:

TWAneedsHELP, thanks for the great topic! Also, I love the responses of experiences and the updates on the 731's. As I've mentioned before I've flown on N708AW (-112) from LAX to PHX and back again, it was an amazing plane and miss seeing it slide down the ILS to 25L at LAX. I will never forget driving to LAX at 3:00am, having just purchased the roundtrip tickets about midnight with a reservations agent that could not tell me the tail # or plane type for that day (I used OAG for reference). I called back and another woman said it would be a 737-300, another time she said a -200 and then said America West doesn't have a 737-100. I got to LAX at about 4:00am for a 6:00 flight and saw the big "Phoenix Suns" titles and I've been happy since.-Ryan

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