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Delta's 737-300s

Thu Jan 13, 2000 8:59 am

I know that Delta inherited their 737-300s in an acquisition. From whom did they come?

I've only seen the 737-300s on the west coast, so I assume they're based in SLC. Where does DL fly their 737-300s, and are they based in SLC?

RE: Delta's 737-300s

Thu Jan 13, 2000 9:03 am

Most of DL's 773's came from the Western Airlines merger, although some have been leased in since then. Although not based in SLC in the strict sense of the word, the majority of 733 flights originate or terminate at SLC.
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RE: Delta's 737-300s

Thu Jan 13, 2000 9:03 am

They came from Western Airlines in 1987. Although I have seen recently that they got a couple from Western Pacific after they went under.
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RE: Delta's 737-300s

Thu Jan 13, 2000 9:16 am

The ones I saw at SLC had a WP registration. That makes sense.

Where all do the DL 737-300s go?
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RE: Delta's 737-300s

Thu Jan 13, 2000 9:19 am

I know Delta used to (two years ago) run them on the SLC-ORD-SLC route. Now they have switched to the MD-90

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RE: Delta's 737-300s

Thu Jan 13, 2000 9:24 am

A few of Delta's 737-300s are based in Atlanta. I know they fly to Allentown and Harrisburg. In fact, I saw one in Harrisburg on 12/29/99. The reg # was N242DL.
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Hardover Avoidance Training?

Thu Jan 13, 2000 11:33 am

Anyone know if Delta has trained thier 737 pilots to deal with the dreaded uncommaned rudder deflection, the way USAirways has? How are other 737 carriers dealing with this? any recent info on a mechanical fix that works?
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RE: Delta's 737-300s

Thu Jan 13, 2000 12:02 pm

Item 1: The SLC & DFW 737 pilots are trained on both the -200 and -300 but the SLC pilots fly all -300 time and the DFW base does both -200 and -300's. SLC is a new 737-800 base along with a new one coming in NYC this summer. In fact, I'm probably going to transfer to SLC!

Item 2: When I went through training, we did quite a few "rudder hard-over" exercises and, when you're expecting it, it's manageable. When you have quite a bit of speed on the aircraft, you can counteract the rudder with opposite aileron fairly easy, but when the speed is low, so are your changes (ouch!)

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RE: Delta's 737-300s

Thu Jan 13, 2000 12:08 pm

N222DZ was from Germania. I was on this plane from ATL to GSO this summer.
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RE: Hardover Avoidance Training?

Thu Jan 13, 2000 12:51 pm

I'm far from an expert in this area, but I've been told that US Airways has updated their 737-300s to use the same type of rudder of their 737-400.

If I'm not mistaken, US Airways is one of the largest operators of the 737-400.

RE: Delta's 737-300s

Thu Jan 13, 2000 3:24 pm

The 737-300s mainly came from Western Air Lines in 1987, and the aircraft are based at both Atlanta and Cincinnati, with some flights going thru Salt Lake City.


RE: Delta's 737-300s

Thu Jan 13, 2000 3:35 pm

Delta is also leasing several (about 12, I think) 737-35Bs that were formerly of WestPac and German ownership for flights from ATL. Those aircraft are supplementing 727s and MD-88s to markets like DAY, CMH, CVG, etc. All of these aircraft are painted in the new color scheme.
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RE: Delta's 737-300s

Thu Jan 13, 2000 4:28 pm

Delta has also ordered (and taken delivery of) 5 B737-300s direct from Boeing. The airline once had an order for 50+50 B737-300s, but after two deferrals finally cancelled the order in the mid-1990s.

The deposits from this order went towards more B767s at the time.
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RE: Delta's 737-300s

Fri Jan 14, 2000 12:21 am

I thought they only took delivery of 3 737-332s from Boeing, 2 of which went to Philippines and 1 to Turkmenistan. Where did the "other 2" go?
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Selected Routes Require Them

Fri Jan 14, 2000 1:18 am

I always thought it odd that DL hung on to a small fleet (10 approx) of 737-300s from WA during the early 90s but I was told that certain stations like Jackson Hole, WYO cannot take the MD-80s, at least under all conditions. There may be a few other stations with certain restrictions which favor the -300 over the MD-88s.

As noted here, DL placed a massive order for -300s, intended as DC-9 replacements during the mid-90s but due to DL's shaky condition at the time, they opted out of the deal. I can't blame them for acquiring more cheap capacity right now in the form of ex-WP ships.
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RE: Delta's 737-300s

Fri Jan 14, 2000 11:40 am

We get DL's ex-Western 737-300's here in SMF (Sacramento, CA) on their way to SLC, along with many DL (ex-Western) 727-200's to SLC.


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