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How Rare Is The 737-500?  
User currently offlineGrisee08 From United States of America, joined Mar 2013, 443 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 20455 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 Australia, joined Aug 2012, 631 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 20277 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, 8231 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 20232 times:

I flew one on AR and one for UA.

User currently offlineairportugal310 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 4030 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 20168 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, 4619 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 19634 times:

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.

Ben Soriano



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User currently offlinewilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 69
Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 19485 times:

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, 167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 19327 times:

Air Mediteranne still operate a B735 or two...

User currently offlineRaventech From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 19279 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, 4941 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 19149 times:

I think Bahamasair still has a few ...

User currently offlinen471wn From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1824 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 19123 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, 1038 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 19069 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 (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 18802 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, 410 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18705 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, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18662 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, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18547 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, 473 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18449 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, 598 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 18401 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, 1289 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 18389 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, 161 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 18356 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, 2872 posts, RR: 16
Reply 19, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 18274 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, 745 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 18274 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, 3902 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 17949 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, 855 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 17686 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, 3424 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 17471 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, 2887 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 17391 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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User currently offlineAmericanAirFan From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 410 posts, RR: 2
Reply 25, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 17904 times:

Quoting mtnwest1979 (Reply 24):
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.

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 easiest ways to increase an aircraft's efficiency.



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User currently offlineSpeedbird128 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 26, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 17672 times:

Quoting DexSwart (Reply 1):
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!

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 revealed any 735's...


User currently offlineairportugal310 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 4030 posts, RR: 2
Reply 27, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 17737 times:

Quoting tlecam (Reply 16):
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".

Ain't that the truth! If it wasn't one direction, it was the other. Usually both!



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User currently offlineasctty From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2008, 132 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 17387 times:

What happened to WW 735's when they finally shut down last year?

User currently offlinepfletch1228 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 29, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 17216 times:

Quoting Speedbird128 (Reply 26):
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 revealed any 735's...

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.

Nationwide on the other hand had two 735s before they ceased ops.

For info, 4 of the 8 new 738s have already been delivered. There are only 4 more on order. MN have 5 738s on lease. MN have stated the remaining 4 for delivery will be for the Kulula brand as well. Perhaps you may see some of the leased 738s end up in BA colours, but I guess we will just have to wait and see what the fleet plan is to replace the remaining seven 733s and nine 734s. I guess it depends on whether BA plc renew the franchise agreement.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29316 posts, RR: 25
Reply 30, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 17076 times:

Quoting CanadianNorth (Reply 23):
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 offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 4941 posts, RR: 1
Reply 31, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 16386 times:

Quoting penguins (Reply 13):
I believe Air Baltic still flies them

I think they have around 9 of them


User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5022 posts, RR: 8
Reply 32, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 16379 times:

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 8):
I think Bahamasair still has a few ...

Yes, for them it is a "new" plane that they just added to the fleet! (Replacing the old 737-200s).


User currently offlinejpmagero From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 33, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 15511 times:
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I've photographed two, one Lufthansa (D-ABIK) at FRA, one Bahamasair (C6-BFE) at MIA.


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User currently offlineRIXrat From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 804 posts, RR: 0
Reply 34, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 12504 times:

airBaltic, BT, has six B737-500, eight 300s, eight Q400s, and 10 F50s.

User currently offlineAmerican 767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4619 posts, RR: 12
Reply 35, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 12159 times:

Quoting CanadianNorth (Reply 23):
Air North does indeed have two -500s, C-GANH and C-GANJ.

C-GANH comes from Braathens and C-GANJ comes from Aer Lingus.



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User currently onlineafterburner From Indonesia, joined Jun 2005, 1298 posts, RR: 2
Reply 36, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 11477 times:

Twelve ex-CO's 737-500s have gone to Sriwijaya Air (Indonesia).

User currently offlineSEA From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 237 posts, RR: 0
Reply 37, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 11030 times:

I flew on N519SW from DEN-SMF in May; the cabin was pretty rough.

User currently offlineTy134A From Austria, joined Apr 2008, 379 posts, RR: 0
Reply 38, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 11020 times:

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 lots of smaller carriers, such as Yamal, Aeroflot Don, Tatarstan. Some of those 735s are in a condition worse than the old Tupolevs phased out. Only slowly airlines are reolacing them with newer NGs or 320 Series. I always try to avoid the classic 737 in the former USSR... And in Europe you can ride on LH, those birds are beaten but in very good condition.

But the 735 killed lots of the classic Soviet airliners, ruining the picture and the flair of air transport in those countries. I remember when in LED not long ago it was only one or two Boeings and a single Airbus for donestic travel on the apron, now you should feel lucky if UT brings a TU3. And the newer Antonovs and the T20 is not the same as the good old ones...



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User currently offlineGrisee08 From United States of America, joined Mar 2013, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 39, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8901 times:

Quoting American 767 (Reply 4):
WN only bought 25 of them

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 the -800

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 5):
Does it have to be in the US?

Preferably lol.. I don't think I'll be skipping around LH's territory anytime soon.   (I could be wrong though, so thanks for the info in advance.  )

Quoting Mesaflyguy (Reply 21):
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!

Tempting.   lol

Would I be correct in saying the -500 took over the -200 routes for WN??



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User currently offline737tanker From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 40, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 8548 times:

Quoting Grisee08 (Reply 39):
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 the -800

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 -300s had basically the same operating cost with an extra 15 seats, and it wasn't that difficult to sub a -200 for a -300.


User currently offlineFlyboyOz From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 2041 posts, RR: 22
Reply 41, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7899 times:

LH735 - interior cabin was old. Seen some 735s at the FRA airport

[Edited 2013-07-27 05:01:47]


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User currently offlineDUSint From Germany, joined Apr 2013, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 42, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7815 times:

Quoting FlyboyOz (Reply 41):
LH735 - interior cabin was old. Same some 735s at the FRA airport

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" (Neue Europa Kabine - new Europe cabin) with slim seats, etc.


User currently offlineborgcube From South Africa, joined Jun 2009, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 43, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 7716 times:

Quoting DexSwart (Reply 1):
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.

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 for the BA side on lease.
The next 4 -800 will go to Kulula and the next 8 are only options, not firm orders, so you may not See a modern BA Comair aircraft for some time.


User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29316 posts, RR: 25
Reply 44, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7475 times:

Quoting DUSint (Reply 42):
Quoting FlyboyOz (Reply 41):
LH735 - interior cabin was old. Same some 735s at the FRA airport

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" (Neue Europa Kabine - new Europe cabin) with slim seats, etc.

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 the 737s were to get the new cabins, both -300s and -500s.
http://www.lufthansagroup.com/filead.../lh-newslink-50sp-October-2010.pdf


The first aircraft which will go into service in December
with a new cabin, are being prepared by the specialists
of Lufthansa Technik in Berlin Schönefeld and Frankfurt:
they are a Boeing 737-300, a Boeing 737-500 and an
Airbus 319. The new “Europa” cabin will, however, converted
at other Lufthansa Technik locations: in Hamburg,
Frankfurt, Sofia, Malta, Budapest, Zagreb and Shannon.
By the end of 2011 all aircraft in the short and middle distance
fleets should be operating with the new cabin.


User currently offlineSpeedbird128 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 45, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7391 times:

Quoting borgcube (Reply 43):
The only -500 seen in SA in recent years was the Air Namibia one to CPT.

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...


User currently offlineRWA380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4573 posts, RR: 6
Reply 46, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7131 times:

Quoting Speedbird128 (Reply 45):
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...

This Air Tanzania 735?




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User currently offlineGrisee08 From United States of America, joined Mar 2013, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 47, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7039 times:

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 its family series (NG - 600/700/800/900), even though the -500 did considerably better than its NG counterpart. IMO, the -500 was a nice ride, and the particular one I was on, N524SW was pretty quiet and the interior didn't look all beat up at all.

I guess it's true in that shrinks just don't sell.



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User currently offlineborgcube From South Africa, joined Jun 2009, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 48, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6844 times:

Quoting Speedbird128 (Reply 45):
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...

Zambezi Airlines.
Their aircraft left back to the lessors last year (GECAS)

Some recent -500 I missed include, LAM Mozambique and Rwandair


User currently offlinebjorn14 From Norway, joined Feb 2010, 4631 posts, RR: 2
Reply 49, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6799 times:

Norweegian has a few left


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User currently offlineMSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 50, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6801 times:

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 routes, like MSY-SFO. Pretty sure CO also flew them on EWR-SLC for a time.


User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 4941 posts, RR: 1
Reply 51, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6803 times:

Quoting bjorn14 (Reply 49):
Norweegian has a few left

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 operated one 737-500 as an interim solution while waiting for 737-300 deliveries.

It's been a long time since that one aircraft left the fleet.

[Edited 2013-07-28 09:15:43]

User currently offlinekrisyyz From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1614 posts, RR: 0
Reply 52, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6560 times:

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.

http://www.xpatloop.com/news/welcome_aboard_solyom_hungarian_airways

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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 29316 posts, RR: 25
Reply 53, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 6577 times:

Quoting Grisee08 (Reply 47):
I guess it's true in that shrinks just don't sell.

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 were shrinks from the A320 and original A330-300.


User currently offlineN62NA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5022 posts, RR: 8
Reply 54, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6266 times:

Quoting krisyyz (Reply 52):
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.

That's interesting. I hope they do well - the plans seem very ambitious.


User currently offlineHECA From Netherlands, joined Apr 2007, 249 posts, RR: 0
Reply 55, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 6094 times:
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Doesn't EgyptAir operate still a handful of 500s?


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User currently offlineLH422 From Germany, joined Sep 2010, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 56, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 6041 times:

Quoting wilco737 (Reply 5):
Does it have to be in the US? LH still owns 737-500. But they are phased out quicker than expected. So hurry up

Here's a picture of them hanging around at SXF.

http://www.airplane-pictures.net/pho...2/d-abis-lufthansa-boeing-737-500/


User currently offlineGrisee08 From United States of America, joined Mar 2013, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 57, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 6004 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 53):
Don't tell Airbus.

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.. passengers. Those two are the general examples used.



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User currently offlineJQflightie From Australia, joined Mar 2009, 1119 posts, RR: 2
Reply 58, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 5968 times:

I know GA still have a handful of 735's hanging around in their fleet.... I think they are only on flights within Indonesia...


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User currently offlinebjorn14 From Norway, joined Feb 2010, 4631 posts, RR: 2
Reply 59, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5796 times:

Quoting Mortyman (Reply 51):
Nope, thay have no 500 Versions. They do however still have som 300 Versions.

Then they need to update their inflight mag.



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User currently offlineSpeedbird128 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 60, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5468 times:

Quoting RWA380 (Reply 46):
This Air Tanzania 735?

Nope!

Quoting borgcube (Reply 48):
Zambezi Airlines.

That's them. When I left I heard they were not going to last. Pity.


User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2934 posts, RR: 0
Reply 61, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5425 times:

Quoting JQflightie (Reply 58):
I know GA still have a handful of 735's hanging around in their fleet.... I think they are only on flights within Indonesia...

batavia Air have / had one until recently too.

Quoting HECA (Reply 55):
Doesn't EgyptAir operate still a handful of 500s?

Four. Ditto Tunisair (along with 7 of the equally rare 600).

I flew one with OK EDI-PRG, long left the fleet now.



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User currently offlineflyingclrs727 From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 929 posts, RR: 0
Reply 62, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5259 times:

Quoting mtnwest1979 (Reply 24):
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.

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 phased out.


User currently onlineSomeone83 From Norway, joined Sep 2006, 4100 posts, RR: 4
Reply 63, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5237 times:

Quoting bjorn14 (Reply 59):
Then they need to update their inflight mag.

Sure you're not confusing their flightmap with SAS'

SAS still has a few left, all scheduled to be retired by next summer


User currently onlineafterburner From Indonesia, joined Jun 2005, 1298 posts, RR: 2
Reply 64, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5220 times:

Quoting JQflightie (Reply 58):
I know GA still have a handful of 735's hanging around in their fleet...

According to Airfleets.net GA has only three left, while Sriwijaya Air (SJ) has twelve.


User currently offlinelollomz From Italy, joined Sep 2005, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 65, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5182 times:
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Blue Panorama recently added a "new" B737-500 to his fleet this month. Great choice for a charter airlie......

User currently offlinetrent1000 From Japan, joined Jan 2007, 695 posts, RR: 1
Reply 66, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 5029 times:

ANA Wings has at least a dozen of them with one apparently stored.

User currently offlineGrisee08 From United States of America, joined Mar 2013, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 67, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4707 times:

Quoting flyingclrs727 (Reply 62):
It'll probably be one of the last airports in the US to get Southwest 500's as they are being phased out.

They aren't even slated to get winglets, am I correct?



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User currently offlinetreebeard787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 745 posts, RR: 1
Reply 68, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 4494 times:

Quoting Grisee08 (Reply 67):
They aren't even slated to get winglets, am I correct?

Correct, the 500s will not be getting winglets.



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User currently offlineonebadlt123 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 69, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 15 hours ago) and read 4286 times:

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, but I forgot the airline) and Indonesia. Last revenue flight I think CLE-IAH if I remember correctly. There are a few flying around still today but mainly to and from Goodyear GYR or Hobby HOU for the exit process so no passengers allowed.

Was a good bird to work with but compared to the -700's here it never stood a chance. I wont miss it other than seeing the round dials up front.

[Edited 2013-07-31 14:33:42]

User currently offlineflyingclrs727 From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 929 posts, RR: 0
Reply 70, posted (2 years 9 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 4128 times:

Quoting Grisee08 (Reply 67):
They aren't even slated to get winglets, am I correct?
Quoting treebeard787 (Reply 68):
Correct, the 500s will not be getting winglets.

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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