milemaster
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Southwest's Original 732's, Still Flying?

Sat Mar 30, 2002 6:36 am


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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RE: Southwest's Original 732's, Still Flying?

Sat Mar 30, 2002 6:46 am

Do you mean 732's in general? Or the "original" 4?
I'm not a real aeronautical engineer, I just play one on Airliners.net.
 
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RE: Southwest's Original 732's, Still Flying?

Sat Mar 30, 2002 6:48 am

The original 4
 
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RE: Southwest's Original 732's, Still Flying?

Sat Mar 30, 2002 8:58 am

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.

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RE: Southwest's Original 732's, Still Flying?

Sat Mar 30, 2002 9:25 am

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
 
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RE: Southwest's Original 732's, Still Flying?

Sat Mar 30, 2002 11:00 am

I beleive WN's 732s are some of the higest-cycle 737s still in service.
 
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RE: Southwest's Original 732's, Still Flying?

Sat Mar 30, 2002 11:39 am

Here's a pic of N23SW


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RE: Southwest's Original 732's, Still Flying?

Tue Apr 02, 2002 12:52 am

Thanks guys for all the reasearch! I'm almost surprised none of them remain with Southwest.
 
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RE: Southwest's Original 732's, Still Flying?

Tue Apr 02, 2002 4:02 am

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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