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Southwest 737's Brain Teaser  
User currently offlineAA_A&P From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (16 years 9 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 1126 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?

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User currently offlineAmerican B757 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (16 years 9 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 1052 times:

it was probably a B727, if not a dc-9

User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1727 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (16 years 9 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 1044 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?

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA

Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B
User currently offlineDL 604 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (16 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1035 times:

Of course it was the 727. It had a very brief service with SWA. As Southwest chose newer, more economical 737s over the 727.

DL 604

User currently offlineTxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 40
Reply 4, posted (16 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1002 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.

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