SXDFC
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WN A/C Retirements

Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:38 am

Since around 2008, SWA has begun retiring the 737-300s, and as of recent some 737-500's. I am somewhat curious as to if any of these -300s found new homes with any other airlines. I remember seeing some of our older -200s end up elsewhere. I am also interested in what SWA will do when they have to retire the older -300s that are wearing specialty schemes, will they let them sit out in the desert in the specialty colors?
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airliner371
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RE: WN A/C Retirements

Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:09 am

Quoting SXDFC (Thread starter):
I am also interested in what SWA will do when they have to retire the older -300s that are wearing specialty schemes, will they let them sit out in the desert in the specialty colors?

The same question goes for the 717s. Will the special liveries be converted to SWA on a 737?
 
chrisair
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RE: WN A/C Retirements

Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:18 am

Quoting SXDFC (Thread starter):
I am somewhat curious as to if any of these -300s found new homes with any other airlines.

There were at least six or seven in Tucson earlier this year. All left in dumpsters.
 
n471wn
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RE: WN A/C Retirements

Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:59 pm

Because these a/c have high hours and cycles it is highly unlikely that they will find new homes. Some of these are at or near 80,000 housrs (for example N337SW now at Kingman) so let these a/c go on to their eternal reward in peace. These a/c deaths are natural passings and not tragic---they have served well. Instead we should all be greiving for the 10 737-700's that have been scrapped in their youth-----now that is a tragedy.