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What Did I Fly? UA June 1990

Sun May 27, 2012 11:49 pm

Greetings all,

I am attempting to determine whether I flew a 737-200 or -300 on United Airlines. Although I don't remember the exact date, it was a Sunday morning flight, departing at approximately 9:30 AM, in June 1990 from ONT to SFO. Can any of you time-table aficionados help me out with this?

Many thanks and happy contrails…
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RE: What Did I Fly? UA June 1990

Mon May 28, 2012 2:00 am

As I recall UA timetables didn't then (or maybe ever) distinguish between the two, so have to check the OAGs. Results in a day or two.
 
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RE: What Did I Fly? UA June 1990

Mon May 28, 2012 2:57 am

Quoting timz (Reply 1):
Results in a day or two.

Thanks; I look forward to your info...
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RE: What Did I Fly? UA June 1990

Tue May 29, 2012 5:19 pm

All I've got are April (0630 73S, 0915 73S, 1135 73S, 1420 727) and July (0835 733, 1134 73S, 1405 73S).
 
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RE: What Did I Fly? UA June 1990

Wed May 30, 2012 4:36 pm

Quoting timz (Reply 3):

All I've got are April (0630 73S, 0915 73S, 1135 73S, 1420 727) and July (0835 733, 1134 73S, 1405 73S).

Thanks for the info! It looks like the April schedule matches what I remember. The first week I flew the 1135 flight and the following week was the 0915. Actually, the 1135 never left the ground; the push-back vehicle jammed into the nose gear when the pilot applied the brakes too early. They pulled us back into the gate, examined the nose gear, and then, canceled the flight. That's why I can remember so clearly the flight times! In both cases, it is the same plane-type.

Question of ignorance: I am familiar with the 737 variants, numerically, at least, I'm not that similar with the 73S. Where does that fit into the scheme of things?
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RE: What Did I Fly? UA June 1990

Thu May 31, 2012 9:45 pm

Quoting WALmsp (Reply 4):
Question of ignorance: I am familiar with the 737 variants, numerically, at least, I'm not that similar with the 73S. Where does that fit into the scheme of things?

The best answer I came up with during my internet search was that the “S” stands for “Special Configuration.” Can anyone verify that for me and explain what that means? Would these “specially configured” planes be the 732s or the 733s?

Any clarification be greatly appreciated…
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RE: What Did I Fly? UA June 1990

Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:48 am

In that era 73S ordinarily meant 737-200, and that's almost surely what it means here.
 
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RE: What Did I Fly? UA June 1990

Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:31 am

i always thought 73S meant B737-200 Advaned, as opposed to the early non-advanced version which would be 737 or 732.

UA would have operated both the basic and advanced at this time, but whether they distinguished them in the OAG I do not know.
 
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RE: What Did I Fly? UA June 1990

Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:55 pm

Thanks for your answers. That clears things up for me  
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RE: What Did I Fly? UA June 1990

Sat Jun 02, 2012 8:24 pm

I'm guessing the OAG never used "732". On some airlines a 737-200 might be shown as a 737, and I think at one point AA was showing 733's as 73S, but on UA 73S would mean a 737-200 and no way to know if it was Adv or not.
 
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RE: What Did I Fly? UA June 1990

Mon Jun 04, 2012 2:12 pm

Quoting timz (Reply 9):
I'm guessing the OAG never used "732". On some airlines a 737-200 might be shown as a 737, and I think at one point AA was showing 733's as 73S, but on UA 73S would mean a 737-200 and no way to know if it was Adv or not.

I wonder whether any airline ever differentiated between B737-100s and -200s in their timetables. Does anyone know if any airline listed flights as 731?
 
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RE: What Did I Fly? UA June 1990

Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:19 pm

Don't think "731" ever appeared in the OAG either, but when HP had both "73S" meant -200 and "737" meant -100.
 
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RE: What Did I Fly? UA June 1990

Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:17 pm

Forgot about CO; in 1995 the OAG shows them flying 737, 73S, 733 and 735.

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