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Launch Customer For The 737-300

Mon Jan 10, 2005 9:33 am

Now I could have sworn Piedmont was the launch customer for the 737-300. However today I was reading something that said Southwest was. Am I possible getting Piedmont confused with the launch of the -400 series? Maybe PI was the -400's first customer. Was'nt that about the time of the horrible PI/US merger?

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RE: Launch Customer For The 737-300

Mon Jan 10, 2005 9:37 am

I think you're right, SWATPA. Southwest launched the -300, while Piedmont launched the -400. And while we're at it, WN also launched the -500. Regards.
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RE: Launch Customer For The 737-300

Mon Jan 10, 2005 9:42 am

My beloved Orion Airways was the first European operator of the 737-300 and the first in the UK. In fact, they were the only 737-300 operator in the UK for many years.
 
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RE: Launch Customer For The 737-300

Mon Jan 10, 2005 9:46 am

Correction...

US Airways was the first.

"US Airways placed the first order for the re-engined (meaning from the 737-200 version) Boeing twin-jet by signing for 10 737-3B7's on March 5, 1981. The first 737-300 flew on February 24th, 1984 to what was known as US Air. It was then certified in November of the same year. US Air AND Southwest had both placed the 737-300 into service in December of that year as well."

The 737-400 was launched by Peidmont Air, correct and US Air got it, when they took over. 735 was launched by SWA as well as the 737.
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RE: Launch Customer For The 737-300

Mon Jan 10, 2005 9:49 am

There is a pic of one of the first built 300s in the database at the Paris Air Show, I guess 1984.. It's in USAir rust colors. I'll try to find it.
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RE: Launch Customer For The 737-300

Mon Jan 10, 2005 10:00 am


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RE: Launch Customer For The 737-300

Mon Jan 10, 2005 10:04 am

The first 733 entered commercial service with US Air on Dec 18/84 on a PIT-BUF-YYZ routing.

Western Airlines was the 3rd US carrier to order the 733 with an order for 3 in 1982.



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RE: Launch Customer For The 737-300

Mon Jan 10, 2005 10:04 am

According to the book Boeing 737-300 to -800 by Robbie Shaw, MBI Publishing, 1999:

"The series -300 was the first of the new generation 737s, with the go-ahead coming in March 1981 following orders from Southwest Airlines and USAir for 10 each and options for a further 20 planes."

Perhaps there is a technical difference between the term "launch customer" and the airline(s) whose order(s) prompted the project go-ahead, but to me both Southwest and USAir would qualify for the title of launch customer for the 737-300.
 
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RE: Launch Customer For The 737-300

Mon Jan 10, 2005 10:06 am

The launch costomers of each model of the 737 series:

  • 737-100: Lufthansa

  • 737-200: United Airlines

  • 737-300: Southwest

  • 737-400: Piedmont

  • 737-500: Southwest

  • 737-600: SAS

  • 737-700: Southwest

  • 737-800: Hapag-Lloyd

  • 737-900: Alaska Airlines


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    RE: Launch Customer For The 737-300

    Mon Jan 10, 2005 10:14 am

    Are any current US airlines albeit commercial, charter, or corporate flying the 737-600 at this time?

    Also, are there any firm or future orders for the 737-600 in the works?

    Thanks for any assistance or information given!!
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    RE: Launch Customer For The 737-300

    Mon Jan 10, 2005 10:15 am

    Correction to the correction..(isn't this fun?)
    The first Boeing 737-300 was delivered to Herb on 11-30-84.
    Reg was N300SW, airframe#22941
    USAir received their first 300 on 4-11-85 as N352AU and renumbered N373US
    on 11-14-88.
    N350AU(N371US) was deliver 4-30-85 and N351AU(N372US) was delivered to USAIRWAYS on 11-27-85.
    Herb received three 300's before USAIR got their first.
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    RE: Launch Customer For The 737-300

    Mon Jan 10, 2005 10:43 am

    Also, are there any firm or future orders for the 737-600 in the works?

    Westjet has ordered 3 for 2005 dely.

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    RE: Launch Customer For The 737-300

    Mon Jan 10, 2005 4:27 pm

    Adding to the post above, an unidentified customer ordered 5 737-600s in Dec. 2004.
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    RE: Launch Customer For The 737-300

    Mon Jan 10, 2005 5:32 pm

    Adding to the post above, an unidentified customer ordered 5 737-600s in Dec. 2004 which is believed to be westjet
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    RE: Launch Customer For The 737-300

    Mon Jan 10, 2005 5:35 pm

    The last delivery customer for the B733 is Air New Zealand. I think the rego is ZK-NGM
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    RE: Launch Customer For The 737-300

    Mon Jan 10, 2005 5:43 pm

    The last delivery customers for the early 737 series

    737-100 - NASA
    737-200 - Xiamen
    737-300 - Air New Zealand
    737-400 - CSA Czech Air
    737-500 - Air Nippon
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    RE: Launch Customer For The 737-300

    Mon Jan 10, 2005 7:25 pm

    Was ZK-NGM delivered new or bought secondhand.


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    RE: Launch Customer For The 737-300

    Tue Jan 11, 2005 6:05 am


    Thanks for all the great information provided in the replies!
    It is much appreciated!

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