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737-700 Runway Performance?

Fri Oct 26, 2001 5:41 am

I was wondering how the 737-700 performs on short runways compared to the 737-200 series. The reason im asking is because Westjet is intent on completly phasing out the -200 in favour of the NG aircraft but the airline operates out many airports with longest runways of no more than 6200' and are sure to add more small comunties as more new aircraft are recieved. Will the NG be able to operate safley out of these short strips in all weather conditions, especialy the cold and icy Canadian winters like the 737-200 or will severe weight restrictions have to be implemented?
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RE: 737-700 Runway Performance?

Fri Oct 26, 2001 6:04 am

Comparing the -200's performance and the -700's is like comparing the performance of a pair of Ford F-150 pick-up trucks, one with a 250 cu. in. V-6, and the other with a 450 cu. in. V-8 with a supercharger.

The performance of the -700 is so much better than the -200 that you'll rarely see effective restrictions on payload due to runway clutter penalties, or just plane shorter runways.

Westjet is making a good move...

ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
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RE: 737-700 Runway Performance?

Fri Oct 26, 2001 6:17 am

The 737-700 is a rocket on takeoff. I flew one of CO's 737-700's out of IAH on a hot day. The roll was not that long, and the plane climbed very steeply.
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RE: 737-700 Runway Performance?

Fri Oct 26, 2001 9:51 am

All points raised here are valid... also, in terms of weight restrictions, I don't think it'll be much of a factor. Even with a full load of passengers, it'll be rare that a WJ flight will be carrying close to a full load of fuel for a short flight to a smaller city.
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RE: 737-700 Runway Performance?

Fri Oct 26, 2001 2:13 pm

Aloha flies fully loaded 737-700s out of SNA to HNL and OGG. As I'm sure you know, SNA's runways is less than 6,000ft and the flight to Hawaii from there is nearly 2,400nm! Needless to say, the 737-700's takeoff performance has proven to be spectacular.
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RE: 737-700 Runway Performance?

Fri Oct 26, 2001 6:05 pm

I agree with all said.

As a matter of interest however, is that I was talking with a Virgin Capt. in Brisbane who told me that the takeoff performance of their 737-700 was less than optimal because Virgin had taken aircraft with reduced thrust engines.

He told me that these are exactly the same engines as is standard but with some electronic device set to produce lower thrust and hence lower operating costs.

He also said that when the 738's arrive they will not have this limitation.


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