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Why The 737-400 Of US Airways Were Broken Up?

Sun Jan 18, 2004 3:45 pm

I just surfed in the database and found out that a lot of 737-400 of US-Airways were broken up in Greenwood, Mississippi last year? Ok, US Airways changed to Airbus, but why this happen to the N407US - N416US, there were not that old. All were build in 1988. Quite a lot much older 737-200 are still flying.

Has somebody an answer ??

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RE: Why The 737-400 Of US Airways Were Broken Up?

Sun Jan 18, 2004 4:01 pm

As there are thousands of used B737s on the market then US Airways would not get much for them so they have reduced them to parts to help keep other B737s flying. Parts are worth more these days.
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RE: Why The 737-400 Of US Airways Were Broken Up?

Sun Jan 18, 2004 4:08 pm

I took some pics of 3 USAirways 734's in IGM in July,later I read they were flown to France to be scrapped  Sad Sad,sad,sad.
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RE: Why The 737-400 Of US Airways Were Broken Up?

Sun Jan 18, 2004 10:55 pm

im sure i read something a while back on this site that the 737-400's were broken up as they had a 737-200 style cockpit. i could be going mad though!
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RE: Why The 737-400 Of US Airways Were Broken Up?

Mon Jan 19, 2004 3:19 am

The -400's have the same style cockpits as B-757/767, two "glass" screens on each side of the cockpit with the other flights instruments being analogue. The over head panels of every single B-737 are pretty much the same with very few differences. This is primarily because Southwest convinced Boeing to keep type commonality for the 737. You buy 1,000+ airplanes you get what you want. The -400's never really fully caught on because they added weight to the plane without adding any fuel so the range decreased. Boeing corrected that with the -800. Frankly, as 777ER said the planes are worth more as parts than complete airplanes. Not like there is a shortage of B-737 out there.
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RE: Why The 737-400 Of US Airways Were Broken Up?

Mon Jan 19, 2004 3:42 am

BY188B,

the only case were new aircrafts were fitted with 'retro-cockpits' is Ansett's early 762s, which were fitted with a 3-man-cockpit, holding on to the flight engineers place. I wonder what happened to those......
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RE: Why The 737-400 Of US Airways Were Broken Up?

Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:49 am

according to http://www.ansett.com.au/aircraft/aircraft_f.htm only VH-RME has been scraped and is being sold as parts. VH-RMM, RMO, BZF, BZI, BZM and BZL have been redelieved to new owners. The other remaining 767s are either being stored at Melbourne or are at Majove

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RE: Why The 737-400 Of US Airways Were Broken Up?

Mon Jan 19, 2004 8:06 am

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Normally true. However, USAir special-ordered the 737-300/400 with the old style flight instruments. They have no "glass" at all. Possibly this was done to make them match the -200 fleet already on the property. This no doubt rendered them less marketable as used airplanes.

Further, it is a mistake to assume that the airline owns the airplanes. This is rarely true, as search of the civil aircraft registry will show. Most are mortgaged and the real owner decides the fate of the airframes.
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RE: Why The 737-400 Of US Airways Were Broken Up?

Mon Jan 19, 2004 9:46 am

I thought US inherited all the 400's from Piedmont. I don't think US operated the 400 before the merger. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
 
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RE: Why The 737-400 Of US Airways Were Broken Up?

Mon Jan 19, 2004 6:28 pm

Thanks Slamclick, i thought id read that somewhere.
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RE: Why The 737-400 Of US Airways Were Broken Up?

Mon Jan 19, 2004 10:32 pm

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Come to think of it, I think you are right about the -400s coming from Piedmont. However, they were equipped with the same gauges as the US -300 fleet.



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RE: Why The 737-400 Of US Airways Were Broken Up?

Tue Jan 20, 2004 9:37 am

simple answer - there are too many 737 on the market. They are worth more as parts, especially those which are coming up on the expensive "D" check.

there are only 4 ex-US 737 at GWO AFAIK

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