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737 Next Generation - 10 Years In Flight

Fri Feb 09, 2007 6:28 am

On Feb 9, 1997 a next-generation 737 took to the air for the first time.
Friday will mark the tenth anniversary of the 737NG maiden flight.

Here is a recent photo of the birthday girl in modern garb and wingletted.


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What were the predictions ten years ago about the prospects of success of the Next Generation family?
I believe that last month, the number of 737-800 deliveries passed the 1113 deliveries of the 737-300.

Aviation Trivia: The first 747 also had her maiden flight on Feb 9 (in 1969).

NonAv trivia: Four guys from Liverpool showed up on Ed Sullivan on Feb 9 (in 1964). Per Wikipedia, the next day, most newspapers had comments that the group were nothing more than a "fad", and "could not carry a tune across the Atlantic"
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RE: 737 Next Generation - 10 Years In Flight

Fri Feb 09, 2007 6:49 am

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the first flight of the original 737 (9th April 1967) and the 20th anniversary of the first flight of the 737's rival, the A320 (22nd February 1987). Quite a year for anniversaries.
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RE: 737 Next Generation - 10 Years In Flight

Fri Feb 09, 2007 7:08 am

Can any of the WN folks share with us how many hours/cycles on N707SA now?
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RE: 737 Next Generation - 10 Years In Flight

Fri Feb 09, 2007 7:13 am

I never liked the shape of the Initial and Classic 737s. My favourites were always Mad Dogs and Diesels. It wasn't until 737-800 came out that I started liking the plane. 737-800 and -900s are my definite favourites from the entire 737 line. Here they are in my favourite incarnation: no "eyebrows" and with blended winglets (yes, the winglets finally have grown on me!!  Smile )

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RE: 737 Next Generation - 10 Years In Flight

Fri Feb 09, 2007 8:48 am

Quoting WestWing (Thread starter):

Sorry to say that but the WN livery turns the 737 into the ugliest plane in the world...

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RE: 737 Next Generation - 10 Years In Flight

Sat Feb 10, 2007 7:15 pm

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RE: 737 Next Generation - 10 Years In Flight

Sat Feb 10, 2007 8:09 pm

Quoting Kukkudrill (Reply 1):

You forgot the 757  Wink On the 19th of Februrary it will be 25 years since its first flight  Smile
 
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RE: 737 Next Generation - 10 Years In Flight

Sat Feb 10, 2007 8:35 pm

Quoting EGBJ (Reply 6):
You forgot the 757 Wink On the 19th of Februrary it will be 25 years since its first flight Smile

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RE: 737 Next Generation - 10 Years In Flight

Sun Feb 11, 2007 5:22 am

Quoting WestWing (Thread starter):
What were the predictions ten years ago about the prospects of success of the Next Generation family?
I believe that last month, the number of 737-800 deliveries passed the 1113 deliveries of the 737-300.

An interesting, but litttle recognized fact, is that that 737-800 has had better success in the marketplace than the A320, its direct competitor.

Since the first full year of production (1998), Boeing has delivered 1061 737-800s versus 1022 A320s delivered by Airbus.

A similar comparison holds true for the 737-700 versus the A319. In the same period (1998-2006), Boeing has delivered 900 units compared to 865 for the A319.

If Boeing had not cut production so severely in the years following the 9-11 attacks, the results would have been even greater in Boeing's favor. In fact, the 737-800 has won the delivery contest every year except 2003-05.
 
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RE: 737 Next Generation - 10 Years In Flight

Sun Feb 11, 2007 6:38 am

And when is the 737-600's birthday and how does it compare to the A318?

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RE: 737 Next Generation - 10 Years In Flight

Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:03 am

Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 9):
And when is the 737-600's birthday and how does it compare to the A318?

Airbus delivered 36 A318s from 1998-2006. During the same period Boeing delivered 69 737-600s. Both companies began deliveries in 1998.

Additionally, Boeing also delivered 155 717-200s in the same time frame.
 
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RE: 737 Next Generation - 10 Years In Flight

Sun Feb 11, 2007 11:46 am

Quoting Dhefty (Reply 10):
Airbus delivered 36 A318s from 1998-2006.

I think first delivery of the A318 only started in 2002?
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RE: 737 Next Generation - 10 Years In Flight

Sun Feb 11, 2007 12:07 pm

Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 11):
I think first delivery of the A318 only started in 2002?

I stand corrected. Boeing began deliveries of the 737-600 in 1998, whereas the A318 arrived in 2003. However, the delivery numbers remain at 36 to 69 in favor of the 737-600.

Currently there are 54 A318s in the backlog. Boeing shows 0 for the 737-600.

http://www.airbus.com/store/mm_repos...media_object_file_OD_1974-2006.xls

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RE: 737 Next Generation - 10 Years In Flight

Sun Feb 11, 2007 12:33 pm

Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 9):
And when is the 737-600's birthday and how does it compare to the A318?

Both are rubbish sellers due to weight issues.
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RE: 737 Next Generation - 10 Years In Flight

Sun Feb 11, 2007 12:44 pm

Happy birthday 737NG I have enjoyed all my flights. Just one question why was the 737-600 less popular than the others? Was it size or range, and are there any flying in the U.S. today ?
 
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RE: 737 Next Generation - 10 Years In Flight

Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:39 pm

Quoting Deltasju777 (Reply 14):
Just one question why was the 737-600 less popular than the others

Smaller length.There were comparable better Biz Jets.
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RE: 737 Next Generation - 10 Years In Flight

Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:47 pm

Quoting MBJ2000 (Reply 4):
Quoting WestWing (Thread starter):


Sorry to say that but the WN livery

That livery has just put me off my lunch .....  vomit 

Quoting Dhefty (Reply 12):
Quoting DEVILFISH (Reply 11):
I think first delivery of the A318 only started in 2002?

I stand corrected. Boeing began deliveries of the 737-600 in 1998, whereas the A318 arrived in 2003. However, the delivery numbers remain at 36 to 69 in favor of the 737-600.

Currently there are 54 A318s in the backlog. Boeing shows 0 for the 737-600.

So tatal sales are currently at 90 for the A318, and 69 for the 736. Im predicting another 20-30 A318 sales this year. Not sure about the 736.
 
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RE: 737 Next Generation - 10 Years In Flight

Mon Feb 12, 2007 10:53 pm

Quoting EI321 (Reply 16):
That livery has just put me off my lunch .....

I actually like that livery. It's also much better than the orange one (previous WN livery) I like the blue.

Quoting Dhefty (Reply 8):
An interesting, but litttle recognized fact, is that that 737-800 has had better success in the marketplace than the A320, its direct competitor.

Since the first full year of production (1998), Boeing has delivered 1061 737-800s versus 1022 A320s delivered by Airbus.

A similar comparison holds true for the 737-700 versus the A319. In the same period (1998-2006), Boeing has delivered 900 units compared to 865 for the A319.

What's the status with the backlogs. How do they compare?
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RE: 737 Next Generation - 10 Years In Flight

Tue Feb 13, 2007 2:26 am

yay ill be upgraded to this bird in a month!!!
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