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LHs Oldest 737 Retired  
User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10367 posts, RR: 11
Posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 10796 times:

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D-ABXL is being ferried to the USA for scrapping today after 26 years which probably marks a record fpr LH in terms of service years if we exclude the Tante Ju.

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User currently offlinekl911 From Ireland, joined Jul 2003, 5085 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 9888 times:

Quoting na (Thread starter):
D-ABXL is being ferried to the USA for scrapping today after 26 years which probably marks a record fpr LH in terms of service years if we exclude the Tante Ju.

I am wondering if I have flown this bird. I flew a LH 733 23th Nov BUD-FRA early morning, and back same day the latest flight. Where can I check which one I flew?



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User currently offlineCarmelo From Hungary, joined Sep 2005, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 9853 times:

Quoting kl911 (Reply 3):
I am wondering if I have flown this bird. I flew a LH 733 23th Nov BUD-FRA early morning, and back same day the latest flight. Where can I check which one I flew?

According to libhomeradar.org that frame had its last flight on 5th November on the Malpensa route.



Carmelo
User currently offlinechrisMUC From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 66 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8464 times:

@kl911

you've been on D-ABXP in the morning and on D-ABED in the evening.


User currently offlineautothrust From Switzerland, joined Jun 2006, 1546 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7827 times:

Finally it was time to scrap this old uncomfy plane from LH Fleet.
Please LH retire all old 737.



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User currently offlineWilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8919 posts, RR: 76
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 7669 times:
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Quoting na (Thread starter):
D-ABXL is being ferried to the USA for scrapping today after 26 years which probably marks a record fpr LH in terms of service years if we exclude the Tante Ju.

That is indeed an old airplane. But their reliability was impressive for the whole 26 years!

Thank you for 30 flights I had with you.

Oh and did you all know that D-ABXL was the biggest B737-300? [hint: XL] 

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User currently offlinephotoshooter From Belgium, joined Feb 2010, 450 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7325 times:
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Sad to hear it's leaving the fleet 'already'. I didn't have the honour to log her, although I logged her sister, D-ABXU.

Quoting autothrust (Reply 4):
Finally it was time to scrap this old uncomfy plane from LH Fleet.
Please LH retire all old 737.

Uncomfy? Never had any problems with any LH 737s. Unless you mean those thin new Recaro seats, then I agree.

Quoting Wilco737 (Reply 5):
Oh and did you all know that D-ABXL was the biggest B737-300? [hint: XL]

Omg, haha! It's too early to make such jokes, Wilco...



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User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 6909 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7200 times:

I photographed her on my June trip to Europe. I knew it would be the last time I saw many of the 733/735 fleet so I snapped every one I could get.

User currently offlineSASDC8 From Norway, joined Mar 2006, 699 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7147 times:
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Quoting Wilco737 (Reply 5):
Oh and did you all know that D-ABXL was the biggest B737-300? [hint: XL]

Mr. Funnyman 

Thanks for that one! Made my day so far  

Cheers
SASDC8



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User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 4593 posts, RR: 38
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7097 times:
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Quoting Wilco737 (Reply 5):
Oh and did you all know that D-ABXL was the biggest B737-300? [hint: XL] 

Nice.  

So how many older B737's does LH still have? Last Saturday I flew on a B737-500 which was also looking and feeling old. And it was park as far out as it could be at FRA. Maybe they do not want to show these oldies anymore to the general public? My flight on the oldie was however perfect.  .


User currently offlinedowntown273 From Spain, joined Aug 2005, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6966 times:

Quoting autothrust (Reply 4):
Finally it was time to scrap this old uncomfy plane from LH Fleet.
Please LH retire all old 737.

Not sure why you say that. I've been on 40-50 LH 737 flights, and never found them uncomfortable. Their interior is not the best (yes, they are old) but other than that, they are fine for me.


User currently offlinephotoshooter From Belgium, joined Feb 2010, 450 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6966 times:
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Quoting EPA001 (Reply 9):
So how many older B737's does LH still have?

19x 733s, 1x 733 stored (D-ABXL)
and 22x 735s. Oldest at the moment is 24.9 years old, D-ABXP.

Cheers



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User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 4593 posts, RR: 38
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6916 times:
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Quoting photoshooter (Reply 11):
19x 733s, 1x 733 stored (D-ABXL)
and 22x 735s. Oldest at the moment is 24.9 years old, D-ABXP.

Thanks for your quick and detailed reply.  


User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 8756 posts, RR: 28
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6836 times:

Quoting EPA001 (Reply 9):
And it was park as far out as it could be at FRA.

must have been the "Schweinebucht" (bay of pigs)



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User currently offlineEPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 4593 posts, RR: 38
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6642 times:
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Quoting PanHAM (Reply 13):
must have been the "Schweinebucht" (bay of pigs)

If that is the parking area closest to the A5 Autobahn then I guess you are right.


User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1804 posts, RR: 42
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 6528 times:
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What a shame to see "Neuss" go! I've dispatched that plane many many times at AMS, never got the pleasure to fly on it though. From the interior you wouldn't be able to tell she was this old, and even the exterior and cargo bays looked very good for an airplane this age!

Martijn



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User currently offlineAquila3 From Italy, joined Nov 2010, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 6436 times:

Quoting autothrust (Reply 4):
Finally it was time to scrap this old uncomfy plane from LH Fleet.
Please LH retire all old 737.

Definitely substandard in the EU, at least.
Great plane, but its time has gone. Also on the environmental side (pollution/noise) I am sure that there are better birds around including its newest derivative , the 737MAX.
And you know, here we care about that



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User currently offlinePanHAM From Germany, joined May 2005, 8756 posts, RR: 28
Reply 17, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 6191 times:

Quoting EPA001 (Reply 14):
If that is the parking area closest to the A5 Autobahn then I guess you are right.

that#s the one

Quoting Aquila3 (Reply 16):
Definitely substandard in the EU, at least.

mmmhh, not worse than MD80s.

Ecology must be paid for as well and why waste an aircraft that helps paying for the next generation aircraft.

LH has about 30 A320NEO on order and there will be moe to come, for sure.



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User currently offlinetommy525 From United States of America, joined Nov 2012, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3383 times:

I am kind of happy that the first two planes I flew are not scrapped but instead are still stored somewhere.

2607 from Far Eastern Air Transport is listed as stored in the Philippines (in what condition one can only imagine) and 1874 from China Airlines is listed as stored in Peru. Both planes are now over 40 years old and are the 737-200 model.

My first BAE 146 is sadly scrapped after only just a bit more then ten years of service. Seems those Bae146 dont serve anywhere as long as 737s.


User currently offlinen471wn From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1490 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3374 times:
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Quoting tommy525 (Reply 18):
My first BAE 146 is sadly scrapped after only just a bit more then ten years of service. Seems those Bae146 dont serve anywhere as long as 737s.

The early build ones that went to PSA and then on to Europe had long lives----some still flying


User currently offlinen729pa From UK - England, joined Jan 2011, 367 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3368 times:

How long do the LH 733's have?

I travelled on a LHR-HAM flight recently with the prospect of having a LH 733 and on the day it was a 735 instead so I was slightly disappointed.


Ps..I remember them when they were new, looking out for the new deliveries. Of course in those days we still had the LH 727s and 732s ....happy days! I like the A320 family, but enjoyed the variety we used to get in those days.

[Edited 2012-11-29 09:42:33]

[Edited 2012-11-29 09:43:03]

User currently offlineKL911 From Ireland, joined Jul 2003, 5085 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 3336 times:

Quoting chrisMUC (Reply 3):
@kl911

you've been on D-ABXP in the morning and on D-ABED in the evening.

Thanks! At least I have been on an almost 25 years old plane   D-ABXP



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User currently offlinereadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3054 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3293 times:

Does it say anywhere how many cycles this aircraft did?


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User currently offlineLH422 From Germany, joined Sep 2010, 366 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3210 times:

Quoting kl911 (Reply 1):
Where can I check which one I flew?

That would be this site:
http://www.flightradar24.com/data/

Quoting autothrust (Reply 4):
Finally it was time to scrap this old uncomfy plane from LH Fleet.

Yeah, the middle jump seat wasn't all that comfortable. But fun nonetheless!  


User currently offlineCO764 From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3139 times:

Nearly three weeks ago, I had the honor to fly on D-ABEW, the youngest 737 (-300 and -500) in the LH fleet (not counting the Privatair 738), nearly 18 years old. Is is it me or is the 737 Classic slightly lower than the NG variants?


http://flightdiary.net/CO764. Next Flights: CAN - SHA, PVG - CDG, CDG - VLC - CDG, CDG - BIA - ORY
25 Viscount724 : Yes, if memory correct the main landing gear on the NG was lengthened a few inches to increase ground clearance from the engines and reduce the risk
26 CrimsonNL : DABXL retired after 26 years, 51029 cycles and 58968 hours and 47 minutes of flight time. Quite impressive!
27 na : Indeed. Thanks for the info. Interesting also to compare the figures with LHs early-built 744s at the other end of the fleet which are being retired.
28 jensobreuer : It would be interesting to know how many cycles and hours LH's oldest A320 have. Some of the oldest may leave the fleet in a few years ...
29 B777Neuss : Sad to see "my" home aircraft gone. Will be interesting to see which aircraft will get the name. Probably an A320/A321.
30 DALCE : It is a pity to see that D-ABXL has been WFU now! Somehow it was my favorite LH 737 and had the honor twice to travel with this impressive bird.
31 ymincrement : As being a huge operator is it still safe and profitable to use that old 737's and 320's?
32 Post contains images mffoda : It could be 126 years old, and still be safe considering LH is maintaining it.
33 na : A330/A346 perhaps. There are several unnamed frames. Indeed that would be interesting to know. The oldest LH A320s, built in 1989 are surely the reco
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