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Southwest 737-500 Usage And Operations  
User currently offlineJackbr From Australia, joined Dec 2009, 666 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9263 times:

Where do Southwest primarily operate their 737-500s? Do they fly specific routes or out of specific cities, or are they just used "where needed?"

From an onboard perspective, are there any major differences between the 500s and 700/300s for the Flight Attendants? eg Galleys, Jumpseats etc

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User currently offlinemidway7 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 9178 times:

A few years back, I used to catch a 500 on the STL-MDW run. I've seen them flying around Texas. I also think LAX sees at least one a day to RON at infamous Gate 4A.

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User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3081 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 9145 times:

http://flightaware.com/live/aircraft...35?;offset=0;sort=DESC;order=ident


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User currently offlineLOWS From Austria, joined Oct 2011, 1144 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 9111 times:

I used to catch them sometimes on OKC-MCI coming from SAN or HOU.

User currently offlinedrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5174 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8589 times:

I've flown it on the nonstop SAN-HOU amongst other runs.


Third Coast born, means I'm Texas raised
User currently offlineGizmoNC From United States of America, joined Mar 2011, 309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 8551 times:

Basically where a 137 AC is not needed, I have seen them to MSP, MCO, SDF, MDW, BNA, OKC, TUL, HOU, just to mention a few. As for differences 122 seats vs 137 seats. One jumpseat in the cockpit. Overhead bins do not hold as much as 300. Twenty Five in the fleet at this time N501sw thru N528sw with 17 18 19 missing. Avg age 19.6-22.4.

User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2499 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 8481 times:

Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 2):
http://flightaware.com/live/aircraft...35?;offset=0;sort=DESC;order=ident

So, in other words, MDW to wherever, although it is displaying today's (Sunday) flights which may not reflect the same deployment as the weekdays.

I haven't flown on anyone's -500 since snagging a standby seat on a (UA) BWI-ORD ahead of a snow storm a few years back. I also don't recall seeing them at WN's BWI heaven but then again, I normally don't pay much attention and would presume they're here every once in a while.

777fan



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User currently offlinejetblast From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 1231 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 8469 times:

Quoting 777fan (Reply 6):
I normally don't pay much attention and would presume they're here every once in a while.

Indeed they are - flew one a few weeks ago on the late MDW-BWI run.



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User currently offlinekeagkid101 From Portugal, joined Mar 2010, 306 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 8386 times:

I've flown them many times between PVD-BWI but not BWI-PVD.

User currently onlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2327 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 8368 times:

Back in 2005 when WN first retired the -200s, you would see the -500s doing the Texas shuttle flights. Six years later you will find a -500 anywhere in the system basically. Here at ISP we will see a -500 here and there.


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User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6565 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 8348 times:

The 735's get around. One is actually scheduled on the new ATL-PHX nonstop.

User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3081 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 8225 times:

Quoting 777fan (Reply 6):
So, in other words, MDW to wherever, although it is displaying today's (Sunday) flights which may not reflect the same deployment as the weekdays.

We'll see if it picks up tomorrow. I've been checking it and haven't seen more than 4 in the air at any one time, I thought with 25 in the fleet more would be flying?



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User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1942 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 8190 times:

Several people have posted various routes that they've flown a -500 on, but the fact is that the -500s go anywhere a -300 can go. There are always operational needs, etc, but the -500s are not on any specific route or based in any city. They're bounced around the country just like every other plane.


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User currently offlinedrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5174 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 8172 times:

Quoting QANTAS747-438 (Reply 12):
Several people have posted various routes that they've flown a -500 on, but the fact is that the -500s go anywhere a -300 can go. There are always operational needs, etc, but the -500s are not on any specific route or based in any city. They're bounced around the country just like every other plane.

Yep, for a while they were kept close to HOU and DAL - but obviously WN has abandoned that schema.



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User currently offlineatrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 14, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 8076 times:

Quoting 71Zulu (Reply 11):

We'll see if it picks up tomorrow. I've been checking it and haven't seen more than 4 in the air at any one time, I thought with 25 in the fleet more would be flying?

It's a Holiday Weekend, WN usually cuts the flying back, and Sundays there is still a smaller amount of daily departures, I think tomorrow will show the true effect.

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 10):
The 735's get around. One is actually scheduled on the new ATL-PHX nonstop.

I am very shocked to hear that, WN usually tries to put a -700 on stations that open to feature the "new" product.

Where did you find this information?

Alex



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User currently offlineMSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6565 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 8050 times:

Quoting atrude777 (Reply 14):
Where did you find this information?

It's listed in the GDS I use. The flight is scheduled for a 73G on 6 only.


1 WN 2650 YKL 6 ATLPHX 0745 0845 73G 0 09JUN04AUG
BQHWROMSNT

2 WN 673 YKL X6 ATLPHX 1620 1725 735 0 03JUN10AUG
BQHWROMSNT


User currently offlineghifty From United States of America, joined Jul 2010, 891 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6826 times:

My friend posted a picture of a 737 Classic.. his airplane from OAK-SOCAL.. this Thanksgiving.


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User currently onlineseabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5414 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6758 times:

Noticed two (505 and 509) RONing at BNA when leaving on a very early flight yesterday morning.

User currently offlineflaps30 From United States of America, joined May 2009, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 6603 times:

I flew one last month from denver to Kansas City


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User currently offlinePI767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6582 times:

As others have said, they go pretty much all over.... looking over some of the routes I have flown on a WN -500 in the first six months of this year alone I see:

ABQ-OAK
AUS-DAL
DAL-ABQ
DAL-HOU
DAL-SAT
FLL-AUS
FLL-HOU
FLL-JAX
HOU-DAL
HOU-FLL
LAS-MCI
MCI-DAL
MCO-MSY
MDW-MCO
MSP-MDW
MSY-DAL
OAK-PDX
OKC-MCI
PIT-TPA
SAN-OAK
SAT-SAN
SJC-LAS
TPA-FLL


User currently offlineMSYPI7185 From United States of America, joined Oct 2007, 710 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6458 times:

They also frequently operate on BHM - MSY and BNA - MSY. Flightaware usually shows them as 733,but they are actually 735's.

IIRC they then continue on to HOU and/or DAL

MD


User currently offlinepolot From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 2166 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6251 times:

Quoting atrude777 (Reply 14):

It's a Holiday Weekend, WN usually cuts the flying back, and Sundays there is still a smaller amount of daily departures, I think tomorrow will show the true effect.
Quoting MSYPI7185 (Reply 20):
Flightaware usually shows them as 733,but they are actually 735's.

That is a major reason why flightaware frequently shows so few flying (although right now it is showing 17) for those wondering. The site is incredibly unreliable when it comes down to specific 737 variants at WN. It also has a habit of showing 73G flights as 733 flights and vice versa.


User currently onlineSilver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4783 posts, RR: 26
Reply 22, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5913 times:
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Quoting QANTAS747-438 (Reply 12):

Several people have posted various routes that they've flown a -500 on, but the fact is that the -500s go anywhere a -300 can go. There are always operational needs, etc, but the -500s are not on any specific route or based in any city. They're bounced around the country just like every other plane.


True, but with respect to a flight schedule period the -500s are scheduled on lines designated as -500 routes. So aside from any irregular ops and swaps, flights operated by -500s are operated by them every day for that schedule period.

We see them daily at SAN. Depending on the schedule period, we might see up to ten flights operated by them daily.



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User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7184 posts, RR: 13
Reply 23, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5848 times:

When I was spotting at both LAX and MDW in September I happened across several bursts of WN 735 action, where 2-3 would all land one after the other, then it would be back to 73G/733 ops again.

User currently offlineEWRkid1990 From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5239 times:

I flew on one EWR-MDW last May. It needed some cabin upgrade...

-EWRKid1990


25 737tanker : All the -500s have 2 jumpseats in the cockpit. SWA stopped flying the -500s on the shorter flights and have put them on any route that a -300 flies,
26 malaysia : I was bumped off a 500 to LAS which was routed under one flight number from BWI-SDF-MCI-LAS in 2008
27 chrisair : I posted in this thread last night. Wonder where my reply went? All 737s have two jump seats up front. The one on the door, and the one where you're a
28 Post contains links Jackbr : I suppose this famous video is on a 500 then http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5AtF4_kkjs&feature=fvst
29 Post contains links Shnoob940 : If you want to check before booking use www.eskyguide.com. I used it to get flights on 300s and 500s. Also I flew on one LAS-ELP in July.
30 N1120A : They used to be extremely common on the intra-California/LAS/PHX/PDX/SEA turns based out of OAK. Not so much anymore, especially since WN retired the
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