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User currently offlineAC853 From Canada, joined Aug 2009, 25 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1959 times:
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Does any one know how Britannia Airways, now ThompsonFly had a Boeing customer number "04" ? I think their first ever Boeing , a 737-204, was delivered in 1969.

[Edited 2011-07-08 19:46:14]

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User currently offlinespartanmjf From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 498 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1948 times:

I thought that the 20-(40 or 50) Boeing codes were actually the first round assigned. Boeing, I believe, only began this coding system with the jet families.....

[Edited 2011-07-08 19:44:28]


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User currently offlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8548 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1943 times:
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I think Britannia airways were a very early 737 customer, I am pretty sure that they started taking them in either 1968 or 69 so I think you are about 10 years out. I have just found a photo of a Britannia 737 from 1969 in the database


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Found one even earlier, from 1968



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[Edited 2011-07-08 19:42:27]


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User currently offlineAC853 From Canada, joined Aug 2009, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1894 times:
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Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 2):
I think Britannia airways were a very early 737 customer, I am pretty sure that they started taking them in either 1968 or 69 so I think you are about 10 years out. I have just found a photo of a Britannia 737 from 1969 in the database

Thanks. I typed in the wrong date. I meant 1969


User currently offlinekiwiandrew From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 8548 posts, RR: 13
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1876 times:
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According to wikipedia ( Yes, I know... but they do occasionally get things right in spite of themselves) The first sequence of Boeing customer numbers in the jet age went from 20-99, they then filled up 01-19 which by coincidence was around the time of the early 737 orders. This is why Boeing 737 customers such as Britannia (04) or KLM (06) found themselves with lower customer numbers than long time Boeing customer customers such as United ( 22) or PanAm (21).


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User currently offlineAC853 From Canada, joined Aug 2009, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 month 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1582 times:
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Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 4):
According to wikipedia ( Yes, I know... but they do occasionally get things right in spite of themselves) The first sequence of Boeing customer numbers in the jet age went from 20-99, they then filled up 01-19 which by coincidence was around the time of the early 737 orders. This is why Boeing 737 customers such as Britannia (04) or KLM (06) found themselves with lower customer numbers than long time Boeing customer customers such as United ( 22) or PanAm (21).

Thanks. That solves the mystery


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25117 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1231 times:

Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 2):
I think Britannia Airways were a very early 737 customer,

Britannia was the first non-US airline to operate the 737-200. Their first 2 were delivered in July and August 1968.


User currently offlineflybehubby From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2008, 177 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1052 times:

Quoting AC853 (Thread starter):
Britannia Airways, now ThompsonFly

Sorry to be pedantic, they were Britannia Airways then ThomsonFly and are now Thomson Airways (after the merger with First Choice) There's no p in Thomson  



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User currently offlineclydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 995 times:

If you look at Airlines that were early customers for the 737, but did NOT have 707's or 727's prior to this then you will see this trend as well.

Piedmont 201
Bratthens Safe 205

etc


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