MCOtoATL From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 474 posts, RR: 4 Posted (15 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3679 times:
You onbviously see many of the larger airlines slowly getting rid of their 737-200's, with many of them going to smaller (and possibly newer) carriers. How old are the 200's? Obviously, they started being produced 30 years ago or so but when (and why) did they stop production?
We seem to assume that a 200 series is an old, outdated plane, but is it not possible that some of the earliest 757's are older? Just curious. Thanks for your help.
Lowfareair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3655 times:
Most of the 732s in the US and Europe were made after 1971 when the Adv. models were started. They stopped in 1988, 4-5 years after production of the 757 started. They stopped production b/c people wanted engines and technology of the 733, so they made the 735.
NKP S2 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1714 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (15 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 3648 times:
If I remember from 'Boeing Airliner' magazine it was 1986. The early "basic" -200's are rare in major airline's fleets, though the earlier "advanced" models are getting up there. Not that it matters....It's, in my professional opinion, the most rugged, solidly built and still one of the most reliable planes out there. Other than our long gone 727's, it's my favorite plane.
EyeSky From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 332 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3634 times:
I read a while ago that America West still had a 737-100 (original Lufthansa ship) on their roster but were scheduled to surplus it this year. I think that was the last of it's type in revenue service in the US.
Since the corrosion problems highlighted by the Aloha Airlines mishap, most of the "classic" 732's have been retired in favor of the advanced models. Like the 727 before it, lots of these sturdy aircraft are still plying the skies in Central and South America and in Africa.
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7907 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (15 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3608 times:
Most 737-200's in western airlines fleets are the 200A models... most of which were produced from 1975-1985. United retired all of their older 737-222's which were late sixties early seventies vintage several years ago. On average most airlines 737-200 fleets are only 20 years old... some are younger than the 757s and 767-200s in airline fleets!
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