L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1583 posts, RR: 10 Posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 513 times:
Has anyone out there ever flown on a Southwest 727? I know that Southwest is usually thought of as an all-737 airline, but on 8/1/84 I flew from HOU to MSY on Southwest Flight 859, a B727-227, N564PE. I think it must have been leased, but it was in full Southwest colors and it had the same seat design as they have in their 737s.
cv990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 510 times:
I never flew on one, but you're quite right, Southwest had a few in the mid-80s.
As I recall, they needed a bit more capacity and range than the 737-200 afforded, so they leased a few 727s. They came all the way out to the west coast, which at the time was a big deal for Southwest!
Of course, this was just before the 737-300 became available and once Southwest acquired enough of the 'new' 737s, the 727s were returned to the lessor.
Cody From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1918 posts, RR: 10 Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 510 times:
They had two sets of 727's. The first few came in the late 70's and had a slightly different paint scheme. I think they were leased from Braniff as kind of a good will gesture to prove that the rivalry between the two was over. The second set was leased from PEOPLExpress in the 80's and I think they looked like SW except they weren't the same shade of brown they were ugly gold. L1011 has flown on some very neat planes. (At least I think so)