Jm-airbus320 From Jamaica, joined Aug 2000, 304 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 980 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.
JayDavis From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 2000 posts, RR: 17 Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 948 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......
PA121 From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 96 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 908 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.
Prebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6018 posts, RR: 55 Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 895 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
Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm