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B737-500 Vs -600 Sales

Tue Nov 18, 2003 9:38 pm

Hello everyone,

if you look at Boeing's figures, you notice that there were 389 deliveries for the B737-500, the first one on February 28, 1990, the last one on July 21, 1999. For the 737-600 you have up to now (last delivery October 17, 2003) only 51 deliveries and 72 orders, the first delivery being on September 18, 1998. The -500 was for about 10 years in production and they sold 389 units, for the -600 you have only 51 units after 5 years of production. Overall the -600 seems to do worse than the -500, although it is its direct successor and the direct competitor from Airbus (A318) was not available until very recent. Why is that?
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RE: B737-500 Vs -600 Sales

Tue Nov 18, 2003 9:54 pm

Those -500s aren't very old at all, the oldest machine is 13 but most of them would be only 5, 6, 7 years old. Hardly in need of urgent replacement, especially in this day and age. Something else, the -500 is the long range variant (the 737SP, if you like), so if you've got a fleet of -300s, -400s and -500s, the -500s will have the lowest number of cycles. All my flights on -500s have been quite long, Houston to Newark kinda stuff, which I think is mostly typical. So I don't think the problem is with the -600, it's just the timing of it.
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RE: B737-500 Vs -600 Sales

Tue Nov 18, 2003 9:59 pm

This does not mean that the 735 or the 736 weren't successful.The market for these two deviation is not as large as for the 800 for example,and then rival A319 and A318 continue to gain market so we may have the explanation here.And then you may figure the Boeing's expectations before launch to judge whether they were successful or not.
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RE: B737-500 Vs -600 Sales

Tue Nov 18, 2003 10:02 pm

By the way, the rival of the 737-500,-600 is the Airbus 318 , or the Airbus 319?
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RE: B737-500 Vs -600 Sales

Tue Nov 18, 2003 10:17 pm

The 737-600 costs as much as the 737-700 to operate. That is why it is a big turnoff to operators who currently fly the 735. United as we see is going Airbus, Continental we don't know if they are going to eventually get the 736, but Southwest is all about cost savings and since the 736 costs as much as the 73G to operate, they decided to just get the 73G that way they can sell more seats on a flight.
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RE: B737-500 Vs -600 Sales

Tue Nov 18, 2003 10:28 pm

When is United going Airbus? I still see them flying a VERY mixed fleet, and actually the 73's are the most numerous aircraft in their fleet, if I recall correctly.

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RE: B737-500 Vs -600 Sales

Tue Nov 18, 2003 11:23 pm


I thought that Continental flew the 735 already, as I have taken a flight on them a few years back, IAH-CLT, 735. After checking their website, they still are using them:
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RE: B737-500 Vs -600 Sales

Wed Nov 19, 2003 12:38 am

Continental has a bunch of 735s, some of them are less than 5yrs old (I think) and were some of the last old school 737s made. They are just as nice as the 737NGs on the inside (as are their 733s, actually).