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How Rare Is The 737-500?  
User currently offlineGrisee08 From United States of America, joined Mar 2013, 353 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 18485 times:

As of current, in the USA, how rare is it to get on a 737-500? As of now, I've only been on one 737-500, and that was 737-5H4 N524SW from AUS-BNA-MDW. I'm just curious, and does WN now keep these closer to TX than they did in 2005?


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User currently offlineDexSwart From South Africa, joined Aug 2012, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 18307 times:

You can still catch them in South Africa with Comair. They're operating under franchise with BA, so technically, BA still have 737-500s flying for them!

Not for long, though. Comair ordered eight new 737-800s to replace them.

In the US, though, it's difficult to say, I'm pretty sure US retired the last of theirs, and WN added winglets to theirs that are remaining, so it might be difficult to spot them.



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User currently offlineaerorobnz From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 7172 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 18262 times:

I flew one on AR and one for UA.

User currently offlineairportugal310 From Palau, joined Apr 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 18197 times:

Man, it wasnt all that long ago it seems where that was the old CO aircraft of choice on the BOS-EWR-BOS route I always took. Did the job!


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User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3742 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 17663 times:
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Quoting DexSwart (Reply 1):
In the US, though, it's difficult to say, I'm pretty sure US retired the last of theirs

US never flew the 500. They flew the 300 and the 400, they have a few 400s left.

WN, PMUA and PMCO flew the 500. WN still does. It is interesting that back in the day when the 500 was new, WN only bought 25 of them compared to the their fleets of 300s and 700s which became a lot larger. I don't know if the new UA still has 500s.

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User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 8971 posts, RR: 76
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 17515 times:
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Quoting Grisee08 (Thread starter):

Does it have to be in the US? LH still owns 737-500. But they are phased out quicker than expected. So hurry up  

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User currently offlineabrown532 From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Feb 2008, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 17357 times:

Air Mediteranne still operate a B735 or two...

User currently offlineRaventech From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 17308 times:

Quoting DexSwart (Reply 1):
In the US, though, it's difficult to say, I'm pretty sure US retired the last of theirs, and WN added winglets to theirs that are remaining, so it might be difficult to spot them.
WN is in the process of retiring theirs right now, but they do not have winglets retrofitted to them. Only the 300s that are staying in the fleet long are being retrofitted. I believe all WN 500 have a reg of N5**SW.

IIRC WN and UA (pmCO) only have 500s left in service at the moment. (EDIT: in the USA)

[Edited 2013-07-25 07:43:53]

User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 3848 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 17179 times:

I think Bahamasair still has a few ...

User currently offlinen471wn From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1518 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 17153 times:
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Quoting Raventech (Reply 7):
I believe all WN 500 have a reg of N5**SW.

they do


User currently offlinesimairlinenet From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 911 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 17099 times:

Quoting American 767 (Reply 4):
I don't know if the new UA still has 500s.

They retired just a few weeks ago--for the second time! United retired them several years ago, and these are the ex-Continental ones that just retired.


User currently offlineOllieJolly From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2012, 71 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 16832 times:

I was always under the impression that Janet operated the 735 but it turns out they have 736's. Silly me.
I'm not sure I've ever seen a 735 here though, unless I caught one from WW at MAN.


User currently offlineAmericanAirFan From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 408 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 16735 times:

UA (Ex-CO) retired the last of their 737-500s the other month. Southwest I believe is the last scheduled air carrier in the U.S. to operate the 737-500, and they only have 19. So 19 in the U.S. right now is your answer. Not sure about the rest of the world.


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User currently offlinepenguins From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 16692 times:

I believe Air Baltic still flies them. I flew them a while back and they were really quite nice.

User currently offlineinvaders From Norway, joined May 2012, 289 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 16577 times:

SK still have 5 left but are beeing phased out quickly. They still fly on the old BU routes in western Norway since they are old BU aircrafts. Flew one on BGO-AES not too long ago and it's age was showing.

User currently offlinejporterfi From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 438 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 16479 times:

Quoting Grisee08 (Thread starter):
does WN now keep these closer to TX than they did in 2005?

I'm not completely sure, but all WN 735 flights that are currently airborne are intra-TX flights.


User currently offlinetlecam From United States of America, joined Jul 2013, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 16431 times:

Quoting airportugal310 (Reply 3):

I spent a lot of time sitting on a CO 737-500 in the holding pens at EWR on THursday nights waiting for the approval to go depart. "We're currently number 37 for take off".



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User currently offlineCargolex From United States of America, joined Apr 2010, 1261 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (1 year 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 16419 times:

Many Russian and some central-Asian carriers purchased 737-500s over the last few years to replace older soviet-era equipment or for expansion purposes. The 735 had a relatively low resale value for a number of years which led to interest in the type from these airlines - which in turn pushed prices up for a short period. Many of the CO planes were sold, rather than scrapped or parked, for example.

Russia and the Ukraine have substantial number of 735s flying now, particularly at UTAir, Transaero, and Ukraine International.


User currently offlineairnorth From Canada, joined Jun 2011, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 16386 times:
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Air North's website shows that they have 2 in their fleet:
http://www.flyairnorth.com/Experience/Fleet.aspx

Bur I could only find pictures of C-GANH in the database


User currently offlineSXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2299 posts, RR: 19
Reply 19, posted (1 year 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 16304 times:

Quoting Grisee08 (Thread starter):
I'm just curious, and does WN now keep these closer to TX than they did in 2005?

WN -500s can be found anywhere, not just inside Texas anymore. When they did that back in 2005 it was due to the then recent -200 retirement. The tail numbers of the WN -500s are N501-N528. As of now there are only 18 -500s left, and the -500s that are retired are listed below:

N513SW
N519SW
N501SW
N503SW
N504SW
N505SW
N506SW ( Retired the other day )

The following are due to be retired in the near future, however this is subject to change..

N512SW
N502SW
N507SW

I''ve always liked the looks of the -500, reminded me of a toy, however working it is a whole different story, and anyone who has worked the -500 from a ground crew point of view would defiantly agree.

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/737-8H4/4F282508-D332-4C37-8BEC-6ABDE7BBBA05-10124-0000077CDD9C0F67.jpg

FWD Bin of a -500.. As you can tell the bins aren't that big..

http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc368/737-8H4/E518766C-B990-4C59-BBDB-818267CDD66F-10124-0000077D0290FC26.jpg

N504SW has been retired for awhile now, kinda curious where shes at now..



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User currently offlinetreebeard787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 654 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (1 year 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 16304 times:

Quoting jporterfi (Reply 15):
Quoting Grisee08 (Thread starter):
does WN now keep these closer to TX than they did in 2005?

I'm not completely sure, but all WN 735 flights that are currently airborne are intra-TX flights.

The WN 500s also make their way over to PHX on a fairly regular basis.

They have 19 5H4s currently active, the oldest of which is now 24 years old.



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User currently offlineMesaflyguy From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 2949 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (1 year 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 15979 times:
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Quoting Mortyman (Reply 8):
I think Bahamasair still has a few ...

Yupp, they just received them last summer so they're sticking around for a while! 

I'd say if you are in the USA these might be the ones to go for. Cheap tickets and you get to spend a few days in Nassau inf you please, which is NOT a bad deal!



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User currently offlinewnflyguy From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2011, 507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 15716 times:

By September 2013 WN will be down to 15 total 737-500.
The last 737-500 should be gone by September 2014.
wnfg



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User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3389 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (1 year 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 15501 times:

Quoting airnorth (Reply 18):
Air North's website shows that they have 2 in their fleet:
http://www.flyairnorth.com/Experience/Fleet.aspx

Bur I could only find pictures of C-GANH in the database

Air North does indeed have two -500s, C-GANH and C-GANJ. They generally stick to northern and western Canada, but we do run charters out east and down into the USA every now and again, and often use the -500s for those. If you search the registration in the database there are photos of both.



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User currently offlinemtnwest1979 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 2434 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (1 year 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 15421 times:
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Well I guess CRP ( Corpus Christi,TX) would be the best place for a chance to see a -500....
It seems that they didn't perform as advertised when they came out, but I don't know if that is true or not.

As for the bins, I always loved squirming around in the front of it haha.



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25 Post contains images AmericanAirFan : AUS is a great place to see the -500s as well. Also DAL. They probably don't perform nearly as well as the -300s. Length seems to be one of the easie
26 Speedbird128 : Are you sure? I'm almost certain CAW operate only 733 and 734... Until my departure there CAW never had 735's... And my tab keeping on CAW has not re
27 airportugal310 : Ain't that the truth! If it wasn't one direction, it was the other. Usually both!
28 asctty : What happened to WW 735's when they finally shut down last year?
29 pfletch1228 : You are correct, MN do not operate, and never have operated, 735s. They operate 733s, 734s, and 738s. The historic fleet is 732s, 727s, and MD80s. Na
31 Mortyman : I think they have around 9 of them
32 N62NA : Yes, for them it is a "new" plane that they just added to the fleet! (Replacing the old 737-200s).
33 jpmagero : I've photographed two, one Lufthansa (D-ABIK) at FRA, one Bahamasair (C6-BFE) at MIA.
34 RIXrat : airBaltic, BT, has six B737-500, eight 300s, eight Q400s, and 10 F50s.
35 American 767 : C-GANH comes from Braathens and C-GANJ comes from Aer Lingus.
36 afterburner : Twelve ex-CO's 737-500s have gone to Sriwijaya Air (Indonesia).
37 SEA : I flew on N519SW from DEN-SMF in May; the cabin was pretty rough.
38 Post contains images Ty134A : As stated above, Russia and Ukraine, buit also Belarus are infected by this disgusting desease ... You till have them on UT, B2, PS, 5N, UN, FV and lo
39 Post contains images Grisee08 : I've wondered why they only bought such a small amount, when they historically have flown many of each model they purchased -200/300/500/700 and now
40 737tanker : When WN originally got the -500s the thought was to have a seamless operation with the -200s due to the same seating. However they realized that the
41 FlyboyOz : LH735 - interior cabin was old. Seen some 735s at the FRA airport[Edited 2013-07-27 05:01:47]
42 DUSint : The interior should have be renewed in the last one or two years - although they are supposed to be phased out. I am quite sure they got the "NEK" (N
43 borgcube : No, BA Comair have 737-400, not -500. The only -500 seen in SA in recent years was the Air Namibia one to CPT. Comair have just received another -400
44 Post contains links Viscount724 : Excerpt from the following LH document describing the new interiors installed on the A320 and 737 families in 2010 and 2011. It indicates that all th
45 Speedbird128 : There was also that african airline with the giraffe pattern on the tail - I forget their name now... I used to have them in/out of JNB...
46 Post contains links and images RWA380 : This Air Tanzania 735? View Large View MediumPhoto © Felix Gottwald[Edited 2013-07-28 02:16:15]
47 Grisee08 : Thanks everybody for all the information. I guess the -500 shared the same fate in its family series (Classics - 300/400/500) as the -600 shared it it
48 borgcube : Zambezi Airlines. Their aircraft left back to the lessors last year (GECAS) Some recent -500 I missed include, LAM Mozambique and Rwandair
49 bjorn14 : Norweegian has a few left
50 MSYtristar : MSY sees a good number of WN -500's daily from both HOU and DAL. Back in the day when UA operated them, the -500's showed up on some pretty long route
51 Mortyman : Nope, thay have no 500 Versions. They do however still have som 300 Versions. For a limited period in the early years of the 737 operation Norwegian
52 Post contains links krisyyz : Apparently, Solyom Hungarian Airlines, a start-up carrier in BUD is planning on leasing 6 737-500s. MA, also operated 735s before switching to 736s. h
53 Viscount724 : Don't tell Airbus. The A319 with over 1,500 orders to date and the A330-200 with well over 600 orders (including freighters) have sold well and both
54 N62NA : That's interesting. I hope they do well - the plans seem very ambitious.
55 HECA : Doesn't EgyptAir operate still a handful of 500s?
56 Post contains links LH422 : Here's a picture of them hanging around at SXF. http://www.airplane-pictures.net/pho...2/d-abis-lufthansa-boeing-737-500/
57 Post contains images Grisee08 : Meh.. I was referring more to the A318, 737-600, where you can get better performance from the A319 and 737-700 while fitting in more sardin...err..
58 JQflightie : I know GA still have a handful of 735's hanging around in their fleet.... I think they are only on flights within Indonesia...
59 bjorn14 : Then they need to update their inflight mag.
60 Speedbird128 : Nope! That's them. When I left I heard they were not going to last. Pity.
61 YVRLTN : batavia Air have / had one until recently too. Four. Ditto Tunisair (along with 7 of the equally rare 600). I flew one with OK EDI-PRG, long left the
62 flyingclrs727 : We used to get the 737-200's till about 2005 at CRP. It'll probably be one of the last airports in the US to get Southwest 500's as they are being ph
63 Someone83 : Sure you're not confusing their flightmap with SAS' SAS still has a few left, all scheduled to be retired by next summer
64 afterburner : According to Airfleets.net GA has only three left, while Sriwijaya Air (SJ) has twelve.
65 lollomz : Blue Panorama recently added a "new" B737-500 to his fleet this month. Great choice for a charter airlie......
66 trent1000 : ANA Wings has at least a dozen of them with one apparently stored.
67 Grisee08 : They aren't even slated to get winglets, am I correct?
68 treebeard787 : Correct, the 500s will not be getting winglets.
69 onebadlt123 : I know this has probably been stated already but I know some of the ex-CO aircraft that were retired in June are going to Russia (along with the 762's
70 flyingclrs727 : Southwest uses their 737-500's much differently than Continental did. The short routes WN flies with them would not benefit much from having winglets
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