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Age Of 737-200's

Sat Aug 26, 2000 11:41 pm

You onbviously see many of the larger airlines slowly getting rid of their 737-200's, with many of them going to smaller (and possibly newer) carriers. How old are the 200's? Obviously, they started being produced 30 years ago or so but when (and why) did they stop production?

We seem to assume that a 200 series is an old, outdated plane, but is it not possible that some of the earliest 757's are older? Just curious. Thanks for your help.
 
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RE: Age Of 737-200's

Sat Aug 26, 2000 11:45 pm

Most of the 732s in the US and Europe were made after 1971 when the Adv. models were started. They stopped in 1988, 4-5 years after production of the 757 started. They stopped production b/c people wanted engines and technology of the 733, so they made the 735.
 
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RE: Age Of 737-200's

Sat Aug 26, 2000 11:51 pm

If I remember from 'Boeing Airliner' magazine it was 1986. The early "basic" -200's are rare in major airline's fleets, though the earlier "advanced" models are getting up there. Not that it matters....It's, in my professional opinion, the most rugged, solidly built and still one of the most reliable planes out there. Other than our long gone 727's, it's my favorite plane.
 
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RE: Age Of 737-200's

Sun Aug 27, 2000 12:40 am

I read a while ago that America West still had a 737-100 (original Lufthansa ship) on their roster but were scheduled to surplus it this year. I think that was the last of it's type in revenue service in the US.

Since the corrosion problems highlighted by the Aloha Airlines mishap, most of the "classic" 732's have been retired in favor of the advanced models. Like the 727 before it, lots of these sturdy aircraft are still plying the skies in Central and South America and in Africa.
 
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RE: Age Of 737-200's

Sun Aug 27, 2000 4:08 am

Not all -200 aircraft are old, I think some African airlines, Zambia ore some thing have got the most yungest 737-200adv.

Boeing didt work hard to sell B737-200 during the midle of th 80. Many -200 orders wear converted to -300 ore -500.

I think many -200 are being put out of service because of the pulotion and the noise level and not because of there age.

The high oil prices have made it hard fore the -200 to stay in service !

Nima in Sweden.
 
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RE: Age Of 737-200's

Sun Aug 27, 2000 5:43 am

Most 737-200's in western airlines fleets are the 200A models... most of which were produced from 1975-1985. United retired all of their older 737-222's which were late sixties early seventies vintage several years ago. On average most airlines 737-200 fleets are only 20 years old... some are younger than the 757s and 767-200s in airline fleets!
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RE: Age Of 737-200's

Mon Aug 28, 2000 1:44 pm

Delta still operates a fairly large fleet of 732s. Many of these aircraft were built in the mid 80s. They're really not THAT old!
 
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RE: Age Of 737-200's

Mon Aug 28, 2000 2:39 pm

The only reason that any of these 732s would be retired prematurely is b/c of noise abatement rules. The JT8D needs hushkits to meet Stage III and will not meet stage IV.
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RE: Age Of 737-200's

Mon Aug 28, 2000 2:47 pm

I looked up the reg numbers on some of Vanguard Airline's 732s and a couple come up late 1960's! Could this be true?
 
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RE: Age Of 737-200's

Mon Aug 28, 2000 2:50 pm

I believe those are ex United 737-222s... HP,UA,WN,DL,and US operate 737-200 Advanced... none of which are much older than 77 or 78 models. Some of USAirways and Deltas are mid 80s vintage.
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