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Southwest's Original 732's, Still Flying?  
User currently offlineMilemaster From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1063 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 4 months 3 hours ago) and read 1243 times:


I was wondering..

From Southwest's modest beginnings with 4 732's, are any of them still in service in their fleet?

Just curious..

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User currently offlineBoeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 3 hours ago) and read 1193 times:

Do you mean 732's in general? Or the "original" 4?

User currently offlineMilemaster From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1063 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 3 hours ago) and read 1183 times:

The original 4

User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3811 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 1 hour ago) and read 1146 times:

The short answer to your question is no, none of the original 4 are in Southwest's fleet today. I did some searching and this is all I could come up with.

N20SW was delivered on 06/02/71.
N21SW was delivered on 06/10/71.
N22SW was delivered on 06/15/71.
N23SW was delivered on 09/29/71.

Southwest had planned to use the 4th plane for it's rugular schedule and to also do some charter flights, but the courts nixed the charter flights and Southwest had to get rid of one of it's 4 aircraft. (This is when the 10 minute turn came into effect.)

I believe the one they got rid of was the first aircraft, N20SW, which went to Frontier on 6/23/72. After that it went to Continental in June 1986 and was broken up in February 2000.

N21SW went to Aloha in July of 1978 and was broken up in December 1991.

N22SW went to Aloha in June of 1980 and stayed until July of 1987? The last known operator was Casino Express. I don't know if that aircraft is still flying today.

In September 1974, after Southwest received N24SW, N23SW went to VASP where it was converted to cargo, I think and it was broken up in March 2000.

I think the oldest 727-200's still in Southwest's fleet is NSW60 which doesn't fly, but is used for parts. It was delivered in November 1979.

N62SW was delivered in March 1980 and I believe it is still flying with Southwest today, at least that's what someone posted in an earlier thread about two weeks ago.

I tried to get this info from several sources and there was conflicting info on some of the sites, so I've made my best guesses here.

LoneStarMike

User currently offlineClipper471 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 726 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months ago) and read 1112 times:
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All three were Boeing 737-2H4:

N20SW (20369/267, del. 6/71), to Frontier '72 "N7381F", CO '86, b/u '93
N21SW (20345/233, del. 6/71), to Aloha '78 "N73717", scr '91
N22SW (20336/239, del. 6/71), to several operators, b/u '01
N23SW (20346/258, del. 9/71), to VASP '74 "PP-SMW", still flying VASP


User currently offlineMDCjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 175 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1082 times:

I beleive WN's 732s are some of the higest-cycle 737s still in service.

User currently offlineAAtripleseven From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 324 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1059 times:

Here's a pic of N23SW


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Photo © Daniel R Carneiro



User currently offlineMilemaster From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1063 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1006 times:

Thanks guys for all the reasearch! I'm almost surprised none of them remain with Southwest.

User currently offlineDash8King From Canada, joined Nov 2001, 2742 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 965 times:

Actually I believe they originally only had 3 and later swinged for a 4th but like someone said that was just a financial burden and they sold it for more then they bought it for again like someone said thats when they started the 10 mins turns.

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