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Operating Differences Between 737NG And Classics?  
User currently offlineDeltaflyertoo From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1744 posts, RR: 1
Posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2096 times:

Now that the 737NG has been out for a few years, anyone know what the airlines think of their operating efficiencies on long vs. short routes when compared next to the 737 classics? Take CO for example. They have both. They primarily fly the 737NGS on long haul flights but have hinted that someday the classics may be gone. Will a 737-700 on say IAH to MSY or IAH to IND be as efficient with the higher weight and fuel capacity than a 737-300/500? Same w/ WN. I see them placing the 737NG short and long flights. How do they fair on the short flights? To me I feel like this is like buying a Porshe to just drive around city streets when they are really made to go on the freeway. But maybe I'm wrong...anyone know what I mean?

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User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2069 times:

The 737-NG's (600/700/800/900) have greater range (they can fly transcon and probably across the Atlantic too). This is attributable to larger wings and vertical stabilizers and improved avionics.

I have flown the -700 and the -800 several times on transcons and they're quite pleasant. The -700 is a very powerful plane.


User currently offlineContinentalEWR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3762 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2065 times:

Basically, the operating efficiencies of these planes are that they can fly longer routes with medium capacity requirements, such as EWR-OAK, EWR-SNA, and so forth and permit operations on constricted airports like SNA-HNL and the like, freeing up 757's and A320's for higher density routes.

The 737-300/400/500 could not do this.


User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2037 times:


Would you happen to know what the shortest 737NG route is at CO? Your reply sparked my curiosity. I'm assuming that they use the older 737 200/300/500 for the shorter routes and the NG's for the cross-country routes. Can you confirm? Thanks.

Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4534 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2030 times:

CO flies 738's from IAH to AUS, and a 739 to SAT.

User currently offlineAUS_Spotter From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 286 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (14 years 6 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2009 times:

CO also flies 739's between IAH and AUS. There were 2 daily flights, I think it's down to 1 now.


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