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Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Mon Nov 16, 2009 4:01 pm

I was browsing another website for past schedules and remembered that many airlines operated many 737 classics on longer sectors. I did find various longer routes on them, but it would be interesting to see what was the longest ever.

Both US and HP in the early 90s operated:

BWI-LAS, PIT-SFO/LAX/SAN/SMF/LAS, CMH-LAX, and a variety of other city pairings.

The longest sector I found was FLL-LAX on Carnival Air Lines operated by a 734. These models I believe were joined into the fleet after Pan Am II were merged/acquired by Carnival correct me if I am wrong?

Also to note, US 1493 was a 733 operating SYR-CMH-LAX on 02/02/91, when it crashed into a mertoliner on the runway while landing.

Any info on other pairings would be greatly appreciated.

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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Mon Nov 16, 2009 4:12 pm

I flew BRU-BEY on a Sabena Boeing 737-300, already a nice distance at near 2,000 mi.

What is the spec. range of the -300, -400 and -500?
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Mon Nov 16, 2009 4:33 pm

I know US flew PHX-PIT in the 90's.
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Mon Nov 16, 2009 4:37 pm

HP also flew IAD-PHX on the 733 when there weren't enough Airbuses to put on the route. I flew that in the middle of the last row (as a nonrev). Ugh.

For the 732, HP flew CMH-PHX for awhile in order to rotate the airplane into the east system. I also got the middle of the last row on that one. (See a pattern here?)

When I was younger, I flew a US 734 TPA-LAX. They have those 734 IGWs that were set up with IFE and did some pretty long hauls.
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Mon Nov 16, 2009 6:38 pm

BA flew LGW-KEF for a while with the 737-400, that's 1,048nm.
AeroSvit fly KBP-DXB with the 737-400 (IIRC) which is 1,883nm.
Centralwings fly, or flew WAW-FNC with the 737-400, which is 2,008nm.
Sterling did CPH-FNC IIRC, with 737-400s, which is 1,846nm.
LOT flew WAW-LPA with 737-300/400s, which is 2,178nm.
Braathens flew OSL-LPA with 737-400s, which is 2,217nm.
JetTime fly/flew CPH-LPA with 737-300s, which is 2,055nm.


Not sure if some of those longer legs could have done it year round without a fuel stop?


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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Mon Nov 16, 2009 6:59 pm



Quoting AA767400 (Thread starter):
Also to note, US 1493 was a 733 operating SYR-CMH-LAX on 02/02/91, when it crashed into a mertoliner on the runway while landing.

Actually, it was SYR-DCA-CMH-LAX and was scheduled, I believe, to continue on to SFO.

US never, as far as I know, operated SYR-CMH nonstop.
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:10 pm

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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:22 pm

Here are several from the October 1991 OAG.....all with -300s or -400s

America West Baltimore-Las Vegas
America West Baltimore-Phoenix

Continental Cleveland-Las Vegas
Continental Cleveland-Los Angeles
Continental Cleveland-San Francisco
Continental Newark-Las Vegas

USAir Baltimore-Las Vegas
USAir Baltimore-Phoenix
USAir Charlotte-Los Angeles
USAir Charlotte-Phoenix
USAir Charlotte-San Francisco
USAir Charlotte-Seattle/Tacoma
USAir Columbus-Los Angeles
USAir Indianapolis-Los Angeles
USAir Indianapolis-San Francisco
USAir Orlando-Los Angeles
USAir Philadelphia-Las Vegas
USAir Philadelphia-Phoenix
USAir Pittsburgh-Las Vegas
USAir Pittsburgh-Los Angeles
USAir Pittsburgh-Phoenix
USAir Pittsburgh-San Francisco
USAir Pittsburgh-Seattle/Tacoma
USAir Tampa-Los Angeles
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:17 pm



Quoting 2travel2know (Reply 6):
TA SAL-SFO on B737-300

If that one really was nonstop it's going to be hard to beat. The OAG said it was nonstop, but people here have said it wasn't really.

As I recall CO did EWR-SJC, EWR-ONT and EWR-SAN with 733s around 1987.
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:21 pm

QF (through subsidiary Jetconnect), used to operate a 737-300 AKL-ADL, a distance of 2,025 miles.
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:42 pm

As a kid, I used to fly the Pit-SanFran flight with my mother working first class. I'm sure USAir had the longest and most frequent 734/4 flights of anyone at that time.

I used to get so excited flying on the -400. It was something different from the usual -200/300's. Heck I can also remember flying a couple 727's before they were phased out.

I'm trying to recall if I ever took a 767 from Pit-SanFran on USAir or if I'm just imagining things. It very well could have been just after the Piedmont take over.
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:24 pm

Most of the US 737 fleet used to have IFE. US used to fly ALB-PHL-LAS on a 734. (It might have been PIT, I'll check.)
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:49 pm



Quoting N702ML (Reply 7):
USAir Pittsburgh-Seattle/Tacoma

Man, I miss that flight. US Airways dropped nonstop service several years ago and it drives me crazy every time I have to fly home. Turned a five hour flight into an all day event once you add a connection.

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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:54 pm

BA used to fly the 734 LGW-TLV back in the '90's - which is 1923nm

[Edited 2009-11-16 15:01:50]
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Mon Nov 16, 2009 10:58 pm

FI flew Keflavik-Halifax for at least one summer season with a -400 - a chunk over 2,000 miles I believe.
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:17 pm

First Air has six 737-200's from YOW to communities in Canada's Arctic.

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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:00 am

I miss flying on US 734's on long routes. I know US did PIT-ABQ and PHL-ABQ on 733 service.

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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:23 am



Quoting Normie999 (Reply 14):
FI flew Keflavik-Halifax for at least one summer season with a -400 - a chunk over 2,000 miles I believe.

Ah yes, I remember that one. It was there in 1999 when I flew BWI-KEF on a 757. That plane went on to London, so you could take a 734 across the Pond. YHZ-KEF, however, is only 1,785 nm.
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:58 am



Quoting N702ML (Reply 5):
Actually, it was SYR-DCA-CMH-LAX and was scheduled, I believe, to continue on to SFO.

US never, as far as I know, operated SYR-CMH nonstop.

I found it odd too, however I did get that info from Wikipedia so that tells you that much. Quite a long sector with the same flight number. Thanks for the correction.  Smile
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 3:47 am

In the 1990s, Icelandair flew the 737-400 from Keflavik to Florida. I don't know if those flights had a fuel stop.
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 3:53 am

Didn't those US 733s and 734s that operated routes like CLT-LAX, CLT-SFO, and TPA-LAX also have an auxiliary fuel tank? I know "normal" ones are not capable of westbound transcons with a full load under most circumstances.
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 3:55 am

CO used to have a daily nonstop IAD-LAX flight with a 737-300, back in the days of the IAD hub.
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:57 am

I recall flying on an America West sometime between 1993-96? It was a 737-200 between PHX and EWR.

I think USair flew them to the West Coast from PHL in the late 80's and early 90's? I'm just too lazy to check and confirm it.
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 6:00 am

QF (733) was flying MEL/PER distance 2699km (flying time 4:10) back in 1994. In actual fact, they still do it with the occassional 734.
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 6:07 am

What of Aloha's flights to the mainland? (IE: HNL-SFO, HNL-SEA, etal)
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 6:31 am



Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 22):
I recall flying on an America West sometime between 1993-96? It was a 737-200 between PHX and EWR.

Wow. I didn't know the 732 had the legs for that. Must have been a LOUD flight....

CO as recently as 2005-2006 used to have a daily 735 on EWR-ABQ/SLC/TUS, IIRC. The 735s don't have IFE and EWR-ABQ/SLC/TUS were all dropped in 2008 i believe.

UA used to fly SFO-ATL on the 733 through the 1990s as well. Back then US and CO were the king of 'long-haul' classic 733 routes in the United States.

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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:38 am

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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 9:08 am



Quoting Jolau1701 (Reply 24):
What of Aloha's flights to the mainland? (IE: HNL-SFO, HNL-SEA, etal)

Aloha used the 737-700 on their mainland flights.

However, Aloha did fly HNL-JON-MAJ-KWA (2214 nm), HNL-MDY (1138 nm), and HNL-CXI (1155 nm) with a special ETOPS 737-200.
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 9:37 am

Jat Airways flies BEG-LCA-AUH on B737-300.
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 9:58 am

I flew PIT-LAS this summer on a WN 737-500
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:02 am

Myself and a.net user Nighthawk, had the pleasure? of flying Astraeus on a 737-300 from MAN to DLM and back.
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:04 am



Quoting SeaBosDca (Reply 20):

You're right. Those that did long hauls DID have auxiliary tanks. If you look at the flight deck photos and look at the fuel gauges, you'll see an extra gauge for the auxiliary tank. For those of you who don't know where to look, on a typical instrument layout, they are below the standby attitude indicator. Typically there are 3 fuel instruments: Left, Center, and Right tanks. If there are 4 instruments then that aircraft has an auxiliary tank installed, unless of coarse the aux tank is removed and they simply cover the instrument with a plate or an inop sticker. I've seen this before including USAirways' aircraft.
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:40 am



Quoting TN486 (Reply 23):

We flew Perth-Sydney on a Qantas 734 in 2000. The load was light and flight time was around 4hr30.
 
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Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:51 am



Quoting Hawaiian452 (Reply 32):
We flew Perth-Sydney on a Qantas 734 in 2000. The load was light and flight time was around 4hr30.

Yep, 3274km, and quoted block flight time is 5.00 hrs, however the actual flight time can differ on that leg drastically due to the following westerlies. If its a gale blowing, you can "turn the engines off" (figuratively speaking), and the ac will get "blown" along. Its not unknown for ac to take off from PER an hour late, and arrive at its East Coast destination ahead of time.
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:06 am

Okay it's not a 737 but way back in May 1970 I flew on Wardair's B727-100 YWG/SJF/LGW - I've no idea what either of those sectors added up to but let's face it, you never saw too many 727's heading out across the Atlantic with a full load of passengers!
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:22 am

In South Africa the classic 737s abound. Kulula uses 734/734 on their route JNB-MRU. And two other airlines use older 737-200s on longer routes. Interair flies them up to Central and West Africa and out to Reunion. Interlink Airlines beats them with a once a week one stop flight from JNB to Jeddah. Their website doesn't say where it stops, but it is certainly one for the diehard classic fan!
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:10 pm

Air Atlanta flew from dub-tfs not sure of the exact distance but its pretty far.
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 2:34 pm

I fly LY from TLV to MAD on a 737...
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 3:12 pm

United flew a 737-200 on the SFO-MSP run...flew it many times...about three hours and 15 mins if I remember correctly!
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 3:59 pm

7F is still operating the 737-200 from CYOW to CYFB. Its about a 3 and a half hour flight. But the flight then continues to CYZF which is almost another 4 hours, if it does not need to pick up passengers in Rankin Inlet.
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:22 pm

My longest was EWR-PHX on a CO 737-300. That would have been in 1999 and it was 2,133 miles. Though they had IFE on it.

It was made longer due to a F9 jet making an emergency landing at PHX. We had to circle over New Mexico for an extra thirty minutes.
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:29 pm

Palmair in the UK use to fly the B732 from Bournemouth to the Canary Islands. I know depending on the weather sometimes a fuel stop was needed on the return leg. They have only stopped recently as an B735 now flies the route.
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:36 pm

The ones that stuck out in my mind (as mentioned above) were the US longhauls...namely IND-SFO/LAX. I also remember FI's KEF-YHZ on the 737, as well. CO I know at one point even had ORD-SAN on the 733; I think they still do (or have done recently) CLE-SEA on the 735 as well as YVR-IAH; the latter I know is just a hair under 2000 mi.
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:57 pm

CP used to fly the B737-200, YUL-YVR 2295 mi, and YYZ-YYJ 2100 mi.
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:17 pm

CO still runs 735 from EWR to AUS/SAT/IAH/DEN BOS-IAH and the new IAH-YEG
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:38 pm



Quoting STT757 (Reply 21):
CO used to have a daily nonstop IAD-LAX flight with a 737-300, back in the days of the IAD hub.

Yes, my records show I flew LAX-IAD on a CO 733 in November 1988. It struck me then that it was a very long way for a 733.
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 9:28 pm



Quoting PWM2TXLHopper (Reply 22):
It was a 737-200 between PHX and EWR.

Anybody got an OAG showing that?

Quoting Tommy767 (Reply 25):
Back in 2000 AA flew LAX-IAD with the S80 on the red eye (eastbound only)

Around 1990 they claimed to do it nonstop both ways.

Quoting Pecoua (Reply 38):
United flew a 737-200 on the SFO-MSP

When?
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Tue Nov 17, 2009 11:23 pm



Quoting LongHauler (Reply 43):
CP used to fly the B737-200, YUL-YVR 2295 mi,

I flew the YUL-YVR-YUL route on CP Air (and later Canadian Airlines) frequently. Westbound against headwinds, those flights often approached 6 hrs. They generally used several 737-200ADVs equipped with an extra fuel tank in the cargo compartment on that route (also on YVR-YOW-YVR which is only a few miles shorter).
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:13 am



Quoting Cmk10 (Reply 40):

This flight use to stop all the time for fuel. It use to continue PHX SNA, but if it stoped for fuel it would be to late for the curfew at SNA. Then it would fly to LAX. I had this happen more then once on this leg.
 
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RE: Longest Flights On 737 Classics.

Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:13 am



Quoting Timz (Reply 46):
Around 1990 they claimed to do it nonstop both ways.

IAD-LAX is easily a 5 hour flight. I didn't know S80s had it in them to fly it. I thought the max they could do is 4 to 4.5 hours like ORD-SEA...
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