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What Made The 737 A Bigger Success Than The 727?  
User currently offlineJm-airbus320 From Jamaica, joined Aug 2000, 304 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2471 times:

I have read in many articles where it is claimed that the 737 is the best selling a/c of all time.What came to me is why was the 737 a better choice than the 727. The 727 seemed just as reliable and appeared to even have more space and power than the 737.(I am talking about before the 737-800 and so on). Did it have any thing to do with it's turn around time on flights? Could anyone with an idea share it with me. I'd be greatful.


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User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9498 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (15 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2452 times:

The B 727 is a tri engine aircraft while the B 737 is only a twin engine one. The operating cost of a B 727 is MUCH higher than the B 737.

Just my 2 cents.

User currently offlineRw774477 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1117 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (15 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2441 times:

The 737 has peaked a lot later than the 727. Nowadays much more traffic -> need more a/c !


User currently offlineJayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (15 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2439 times:

The cost difference is what made the 737 so much more successful than the 727. Also, the 737 had a two-man crew, while the 727, has a three-man crew. That adds more cost also, besides the 3 vs. 2 engines......

User currently offlinePA121 From United Kingdom, joined exactly 17 years ago today! , 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (15 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2399 times:

Just an idea, but I believe the 727 was a victim of its own success. At the end of the 70s/beg 80s was by far the most succesfull aircraft ever built, so Boeing decided to put more money in its development then in the 737. The results were the 757 (a totally redeveloped 727)and the 2nd generation 737 (300-400-500).
Both aircraft were largely succesful, yet 727 name disappeared...
my 2 pennies.

User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 7137 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (15 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2386 times:

The old 727, being a trijet, difficult to adapt to modern engines, became a dead end when its days were over. It needed a substantially changed replacement, which became the 757.
The old and very similar 737 on the other hand could - since it was a twin with wing mounted engines - rather easily be converted or upgraded into a modern airliner, when its days ran out.
Technically a 737-200 and a 737-700 are just as different planes as a 727-200 and a 757-200.
Exactly during these days you see the very last stoneage 737s and 727s disappear simultaneously at an alarming pace.
Best regards, Preben Norholm

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