I never really was a fan of the 737-200 until I started working with Vanguard. There, I really learned to appreciate them. In fact, they were more realiable than the newer MD
-80's Vanguard got towards the end. Passengers didn't really care for them, flight attendants seemed indifferent to them, but the pilots LOVED them. Even here with Frontier, I always speak to pilots who say "Yeah the Airbus is fine and dandy, but there's nothing like flying a 737 classic."
My first flight on a 732 was in June 1995, Delta airlines from CVG
. I hated the flight due to the beat up interior, overly loud noise...and yeah, when we landed the thurst reverser scared the bejesus out of me. But since that flight, I've probably been on 30 or so 737-200's, and I enjoyed every one...even the 8.5 hour flight from LAX
flying through a level 4 thunderstorm.
The 732's may be a bit long in the tooth, but they are true workhorses. I still smile when I see an old Southwest -200 pull up to the gate here in New Orleans....soot-stained fuselage and all. She's a classic!!!
Steve in New Orleans