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Boeing 737-700

Mon Jan 08, 2001 6:14 am

Just wondering what people who have flown this NG 737 think of it? I flew from SNA to EWR on one Jan.
6th and thought it was fine, no real difference from
any other 737, apart from the range and seating diff.

Of the -700 and -800, does anyone have any prefs?

Also, how come only three US airlines fly the -700?

Southwest, Continental, and Midway.
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RE: Boeing 737-700

Mon Jan 08, 2001 6:25 am

That is a good question as to why only 3 US airlines fly the 700. I've been asking myself, noone on this board seems to have a good in. Specifically when will DL and AA officially announce they want their options to be allocated to the 700s instead of 800s. ContinentalEWR, your airline is the only one that has aggresively ordered the new types across all boards, doesn't make sense why AA and DL are not following.

Did you think the 700 was really advanced inside? I have yet to fly one other than SW and I found SW 700 to look like crap inside and not be anything special. Obviously CO is deploying them on transcons so I wandering if they looked really updated or, specifically if the ceiling design looks like it is a throwback to the 60s 737s like SW does.

I could not tell by looking at the pictures.
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RE: Boeing 737-700

Mon Jan 08, 2001 6:28 am

Flown many times on CO´s B737-700´s and 800´s, and I relly like them. I think that this NG are better than the 300 and 500 versions CO operates. Seats are more confortable with the wings for your head (300 and 500 does not have this feature) also the flip up TV´s give you some entertainment for the 4 1/2 hour flight from MEX-EWR and they welcome you onbord with different messages. I do like the NG of the B737, specially with the interiors that CO put on them.

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RE: Boeing 737-700

Mon Jan 08, 2001 6:33 am

I didn't think that WN's 737NGs were throwbacks, but what I cannot stand is the lack of their rearward-facing seats. It really makes it seem like riding with the chickens...

CO's 737NGs are nice, as are DL's. I think that the new interiors make them look much more spacious and modern across the board. I couldn't tell much of a difference between the CO/DL/WN 737 overheads or ceiling panels, except that WN's don't have video.
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RE: Boeing 737-700

Mon Jan 08, 2001 6:40 am

What do you mean "reward-facing" seats?
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RE: Boeing 737-700

Mon Jan 08, 2001 6:47 am

On Southwest 737-200/300/500s, they have the row ahead of the emergency exits turned to face backward, so 6 seats face each other. Then between the backward and next forward-facing row, there is a bulkhead.

It's nice because it breaks up the plane some - not as much of a "hollow tube" feel...
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RE: Boeing 737-700

Mon Jan 08, 2001 7:00 am

Trenton (TTN), New Jersey based Eastwind Airlines flew 2 -700's briefly before they went under.
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RE: Boeing 737-700

Mon Jan 08, 2001 7:40 am

Could the reasoning be because of the aircraft they are replacing?

AA and DL have bought the -800 mostly as a 727 replacement, as have ATA and Sun Country. The -700 is more similar to the 733, which is a relatively young plane. It's possible DL isn't looking to replace it's -300 and MD-8X fleet just yet. AA isn't going to start replacing their MD-80's anytime soon. That's just my guess, I don't know.



Mon Jan 08, 2001 8:23 am

Well I fly SWs 73Gs a number of times a year and I find them quite nice. The interiors in my opinion are great, I really like them.
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RE: Deltaflyertoo

Mon Jan 08, 2001 8:39 am

I flew a CO 737-700 back in July. Great flight. I loved this plane. Great performance on takeoff, and very smooth ride. Cruised nice and high, 37,000 feet.

Boeing produced the 737NG's to compete with the A320 family, which is obviously better than the 733, 734, and 735. Boeing already lost a few 737 customers to Airbus (UA, US, America West). Eventually, when DL and AA want to replace their MD-80's, they will order the -700, and their MD-80 fleets will be replaced by 73G's and 738's. CO ordered a large number of 737's because their MD-80's and 733's are some of the oldest around. The younger 733's will be around for a while, and so will the -500's, as they are only about 5-10 years old.
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RE: Boeing 737-700

Mon Jan 08, 2001 8:54 am


All 737 series aircraft have an identical cross section, I believe this even applies to the entire Boeing narrow body range starting with the 707.

The various DC 9 models up to and including the B717 also have an identical cross section as does the Airbus narrowbody range.

Naturally, new models come with new at times fancy interiors, but it is up to the airline on how up to date that new interior is. Noone prevents airlines from fitting that same new interior to their older aircraft. Theoretically that same new interior with all the bells and whistles can be installed in the older versions, there may be power restraints in some cases, not very likely in narrowbodies though.

I recently flew in a NW DC 9, I believe it was a series 10 that has been completely refurbished and looked really nice and brand new. The lavatory had some 10 layers of paint on its wall, it nevertheless looked white i.e. clean. Well done I would say.

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RE: Boeing 737-700

Mon Jan 08, 2001 9:08 am

I ' ve flown on 737 classics lots of times but never on a 737NG so far though I would love to .I see 737NG's of Turkish Airlnes and Hamburg Airlines here in ELLX and I wonder about wether Luxair will aquire it too in the future or if it'll switch over to another company the next time it'll purchase new a/c.
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RE: Boeing 737-700

Mon Jan 08, 2001 11:54 am


Your itinerary shows off a unique advantage of the 737-700: not many planes can take off from the 5700' runway at SNA and fly non stop to the east coast. The 757 can do it, but with a reduced payload.

I can add two more US operators of the type: Alaska and Aloha. Aloha plans to add SNA-OGG/HNL service if they can get the slots. The proving runs have been completed. Another impressive display of performance.

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RE: Boeing 737-700

Mon Jan 08, 2001 12:35 pm

I have flown both the 73G (WN) and 738 (AA) and have liked both aircraft from a comfort point of view. I found the 738 a little loud though.

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RE: Boeing 737-700

Mon Jan 08, 2001 12:41 pm

I think one reason why 73G's are very common with WN is the fact WN has a 300+ plane order for them. Boeing will be spending years trying to fulfill this order.

As for the 738, AA, CO and DL are buying many of them as 727-200 replacements. And they are planning to buy a LOT more of them.

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