I'm not a big fan of the 73NG
's personally, and asides from having INFE and a redesigned interior, you can't tell the difference (from a passengers point of view) between a Second Generation 737. If you took a 737-300 and put INFE in it, the average joe schmoe passenger wouldn't be able to tell the difference between it and a 737-700. As for some more subtle differences, fully loaded in a DL
this past December...the climb performance feels as if it is slightly better than that of the Second Generation 737's. As for it climbing like a 757? Nah. Doesn't come close. While spotting at PHL
this weekend we observed an AA
752 use about 3000 feet of runway, and a climb out that was like a bat out of hell (USAFHummer and the Wagners can attest to that). We were all astounded that this 75 lifted off so early. I even joked with Greg who absolutely loves Airbus (A United A320 took off right behind this AA
757) about how you can beat a 757 with fly by wire, but the 757 still is a hulk when it comes to sheer power and performance.
Getting back to the topic at hand....I don't have a problem with 2nd Generation or 737 NG
's on shorter flights, but 5 hours in a 737-800...you feel it when you go to stand up to deplane (our flight to SLC
was 5 hours in duration due to a tremendous heawind, slow cruise speed of the 737, and a short hold to get into the pattern at SLC
). I was never more happy to get off an aircraft in my life...only to get on one of my gems-good ole' DL
752. Overall, you shouldn't have a problem with the 73G though. Nice little aircraft on short runs.
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