JZ From United States of America, joined May 1999, 252 posts, RR: 0 Posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2507 times:
Today, FAA granted 180-minute ETOPS to 737 NG. I think the only US airline than can really take advantage of this is Aloha where it can fly 737 between Hawaii and US mainland. This is a good news for the European charters, whom can fly their 737 NG directly to North America. But pity the passengers on those flights!
American 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4489 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2309 times:
Yes, Continental is talking about flying NG737's on transatlantic flights out of Newark but I think those would be flown just to Shannon or Dublin not into the rest of Europe because the 737-700/800 has a range of only 3500NM with a high load factor. The 757, also ETOPS rated, has a range of nearly 4000NM. A 737 could not fly nonstop from Brussels to New York even if it is ETOPS rated, but a 757 could.
Iahcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3602 posts, RR: 39
Reply 8, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2279 times:
CO did ( as in past tense) look into the possibility, but rejected it for a number of reasons...the size issue being but one. I'm not saying it couldn't be reconsidered at some future time, but Bethune said it won't happen on his watch.
Pmk From United States of America, joined May 1999, 664 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2256 times:
I have had the dubious honor to fly a 737 from CLE to LAS, I got off with LEG CRAMPS!!! On the way back I did just like I do on charter flights, as soon as I was allowed I stood up the entire flight! WN doing Dallas to Hawaii would not be fun!
Dstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1553 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2247 times:
An article in the current issue of Airliners magazine dealing with Continental Airlines mentions, in passing, that they have, apparently, considered using the B737-800 on services from Newark to Shannon. Now would that be fun in a middle seat!
Not that the B757 is an ideal intercontinental vehicle either.
Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2243 times:
I propose they convert any 737-800 to be used on intercontinental routes to an all business class layout. That will make the flight at least bearable. They could also offer passengers crammed into those little planes a discount for their hardship.
Seriously...is the 737-800 equipped for such a long flight? How many lavs does it have? And can they stock enough food to feed passengers twice? Does the plane have adequate in-flight entertainment? I know the 757 does. But regardless, I'd have to have some incentive - like a REALLY excellent fare - to be stuffed into a 737 for more than 3 hours.
Adam84 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1400 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2215 times:
I dont really like the idea of a 737 flying overseas, its like the 737 probably just has enough fuel to get there, whereas a MD-11, 747, 777 etc. has enough fuel to get there, and then some to divert if they need too. I can understand the 737 on a HNL-OAK like aloha is offering because that is about a 4 hour flight, but anything in
excess of that doesnt seem safe.
Bruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5084 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (15 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2200 times:
I flew on both a 737-300 and a 757-200 last month and believe it or not there was actually more legroom on the 737, or at least it felt that way. I was really really cramped in on the 757. They were the same seat (window) and same class (coach). BTW, the airline was Continental; does that make a difference
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