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Delta 737-200s

Sun Apr 27, 2003 5:21 am

Does Delta have any plans to retire their 737-200s? I would assume they are some of the oldest a/c's in the fleet.
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RE: Delta 737-200s

Sun Apr 27, 2003 5:49 am

I doubt they have any immediate plans to retire their 732s because now they're repainting and reconfiguring them to go back into mainline Delta. It probably won't be too much longer though.
 
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RE: Delta 737-200s

Sun Apr 27, 2003 5:56 am

They are going to slowly retire them over the next year or so.
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RE: Delta 737-200s

Sun Apr 27, 2003 6:54 am

FutureFO:

They've just returned a large number of them to mainline service... and they have no other planes coming to replace them at the moment. I don't think they will retire them over the next year or so.
 
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RE: Delta 737-200s

Sun Apr 27, 2003 6:58 am

I don't think they will retire them soon. I don't know how old the -247s are, but I know the -232s are amongst the youngest 737-200s flying (some built in 1984). The aircraft is also a great niche aircraft, beautifully filling the gap between the CRJ-700 (70 seats) and the MD-88 (142 seats). Until the economy and industry is on a more sound financial footing (when DL could potentially order 737-600/700 or 717), I would expect to see the 737-200 around.

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RE: Delta 737-200s

Sun Apr 27, 2003 7:08 am

The 732 fleet is rather small for an airline the size of DL - I think that they will remain in service for the short term future but I think that their days are numbered and the 732s will be replaced once DL can afford new aircraft (things go well) or once DL must downsize again (things dont go well) - in any case, they will be the first aircraft to leave the fleet. DL also has a small fleet of 733s (some inherited from WA and some acquired second hand) that must have an indefinite future.

Any news on which routes the mainline 732s will serve? Will the 732 fleet be based at one hub? It will be interesting to see what happens.
 
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RE: Delta 737-200s

Sun Apr 27, 2003 8:09 am

While at CVG, I saw at least 5 Delta 737-200s roaming around. I have seen them appearing on schedules for CVG-MSY/ATL/ORD/JAX/TPA/MCI/PHL/RIC/RDU and some others.

Delta currently has 31 737-200s in service...all of them built between 1984 and 1987. They also have 24 out of service right now, all in short-term storage I believe. Most of these were early 1980s models, with only one from the 1970s (1979). Should Delta need more of these birds, they are available to them.

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RE: Delta 737-200s

Sun Apr 27, 2003 11:02 am

I took A flight CLE-ATL-CLE and talkec to the captain on the return leg and he said they will be phased out by late 2004. Plus its in the 2002 Delta annual report for those people who have them.
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RE: Delta 737-200s

Sun Apr 27, 2003 12:43 pm

As of the June schedule, MSY-CVG goes all 737-200 just about (4 732 flights and 1 CRJ). It's good to see them again here...the M88's just get boring after awhile you know? Can't beat the old smokers!!!


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RE: Delta 737-200s

Sun Apr 27, 2003 3:28 pm

Those 732s have got to be newer than the 762 I flew on from ATL-SLC a few months ago. That was one old 767, but a great ride, transcon.
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RE: Delta 737-200s

Sun Apr 27, 2003 5:06 pm

I flew on a DLX 732 late last year, and was surprised that they were in such good condition. Im used to the Ryanair 732's, which are falling apart...
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RE: Delta 737-200s

Sun Apr 27, 2003 8:27 pm

I used to fly alot from Orlando to Indianapolis nonstop on Delta Express and really loved the 732s and was disappointed to hear that DLX was pulling out of IND and I don't really care for small planes like the ERJ-145 which was now servicing MCO-IND but I still wanted miles. So for this summer, I booked a trip up there connecting in ATL each way. And from ATL-IND and IND-ATL, I was suppose to be on MD-88 but the other day, I got bored and looked at "My Itineraries" on Delta.com and saw that now I am suppose to be on a 732 from ATL-IND and back to ATL. I'm so excited. I can't wait! When I looked up the flight schedules for the same route and day, I saw that Delta replaced about 4 MD-88 flights to 732s but the rest were still MD-88s or CRJs.

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RE: Delta 737-200s

Mon Apr 28, 2003 1:31 am

The vast majority of 737-200s in Delta's fleets are actually older than the 767-232s in the fleet.

As for the 737-232 and MD-88, as a passenger, I must admit I prefer the MD-88, because of the 2-3 seating. It is a lot more comfortable to be with only one other person than with 2 (I always choose to sit on the 2 side). Although, I must admit that I am quite fond with both aircraft, especially the thrust reversers on the 737-200. You don't get that with the Classics and NGs.

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