FlyAA757 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1004 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 5 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 651 times:
Recently I flew on a SW737-700 with a registration 'out of sequence.' The aircraft was N744SW. Im positive that the airline hasnt taken 44 73Gs. Does anyone know the reason for the out of order registration?
Wingman From Spain, joined May 1999, 2034 posts, RR: 5 Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 649 times:
Sorry, no clue there, but while I've got your attention I'd like to ask a question. How was the flight? What are your impressions of the NG? Ever flown a 320 series to compare? Just curious. I dislike the older 737s compared to the 320 series, but I'm wondering if anything has changed. How about noise levels? Boeing claims that all new series rolling off the line incorporate their patented new interiors a la 777. What the hell does this mean? Any insight is highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
FlyAA757 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 1004 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 649 times:
I thought the new aircraft were wonderful. I flew N724SW and N744SW. 744 was less than a week old when I flew her. To compare, about 2 weeks earlier, I flew a two week old America West A320, N652AW. Generally aircraft interiors are quite airline specific, but I will generalize to the best of my ability. Overall, I found the 737NG to just generally be a nicer aircraft. Everything was spoltless and really felt 'quality.' While I dont question the quality of the build of Airbus aircraft, somehow the 73NG just felt much more 'solid' and well built. I must say however that I much preferred America West's A320 to those of Northwest. The coach seats were far more comfortable on HP than NW. SW's seats were quite comfortable as well and seemed comparable to any other domestic airline's coach class.
24291 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (14 years 5 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 649 times:
Well, you're right in that they are slightly out of sequence. For whatever reason, fleet numbers 731-738 have been skipped. WN registers their -700s to match the fleet numbers. For example they use N714CB because, I assume, 714SW and 714WN were taken.
As far as the numbers, they already have taken about 37 aircraft, which means they aren't too far from 44!
Trent From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (14 years 5 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 649 times:
I have always preferred the A320 series over 737s due to better comfort. The A320 has a bigger cross-section (wider and taller) than the 737 and its lavatories are much roomier. Although I haven't been on a 737NG, as far as I know, Boeing did not revise the actual size of the fuselage and therefore the A320 will always be considered the more spacious aircraft of the two (I would rather be on an A320 for 5 hours than a 737 for over 3 hours any day).