EMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9363 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2293 times:
I miss the point of your question.. Southwest flies SAN to BWI on a 737-700..... so what..? If your talking about the departure and arrival times.. you need to remember they are given in local time. It may be 0700 in SAN, but its 1000 in BWI...
[Edited 2008-07-04 11:51:45]
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog"
Not at all. AirTran uses the 73G on transcons. ATL-SEA and ATL-SFO are over 2100 miles in length. Their BWI-LAX (as well as their BWI-SEA) service is longer than the SAN-BWI flight on WN you are asking about. They also used to fly ROC-LAS with them as well.
DiscoverCSG From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 802 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2275 times:
73G's are flown on transcons all the time by WN, and also by CO, FL, and soon DL. What are you concerned about? Cabin comfort? Range of the plane?
If it's the former, seatguru.com says seat pitch is 32-33 inches, which is comparable or better to most domestic Y seating configurations. So comfort-wise (not to speak about food or IFE), you'll do as well on this flight as on any nonstop transcon.
If it's the latter, SAN-BWI is a 2295-mile flight. Boeing.com says the 73G has a maximum range of 3365 miles. Even allowing for reserve/holding/diversion fuel, you'll still be fine 99.992% of the time or so.
And I too don't understand what you are asking; perhaps you might want to re-phrase the question. A trans-con, by definition, is from one coast (east or west) to the other; how can a trans-con be "a little long"? Do you mean "is the route too long for a -700"? (That question has been well-answered by srbmod.) After all, the -700 is WN's long-range aircraft.