AA_A&P From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 12 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 801 times:
Southwest Airlines did not always fly just 737's. About 20 years ago they had another type aircraft in Southwest livery. I flew on it out of Austin TX back in the early 80's. Anybody else see it or know the answer?
L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1673 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (14 years 12 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 719 times:
It was a B727-227. I flew on one of them on 8/1/84. I flew from HOU to MSY on N564PE. I was surprised to see that it had the regular Southwest interior instead of the PeoplExpress interior. Since it was a short-term lease from PeoplExpress I don't understand why they would go to the expense of changing the seats. Didn't they just have to change them again when they returned the aircraft to PeoplExpress?
TxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (14 years 12 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 677 times:
Not just a B 727-227, it was N406BN. Southwest got it in an out-of-court settlement with Braniff for Braniff's anti-trust violations against Southwest in its early days.
It was an experiment to see if they could use a larger aircraft. At the time the B737-2H4s all had 118 seats so they put 155 in the 727.
They elected to forego larger aircraft, it was too hard to turn them in 10 minutes and the hassle at getting crews type certified was a pain. In addition, if you had a plane full (155 folks) and the thing broke....you had a heckuva time cramming 155 people in a 118 seat replacement aircraft.