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737-200 Service Ceiling

Fri Feb 23, 2001 12:13 am

First of all I am non-technical.

I always thought that the maximum service ceiling for a 737-200 was FL350.
Yesterday I was tracking my girlfriend's flight from IAH - YYZ on Air Canada(operated by CP), and it was reporting at FL370.

I was tracking this flight at Is this possible, or do you think there was a reporting error ?

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RE: 737-200 Service Ceiling

Fri Feb 23, 2001 1:12 am

Hi, Most likely a reporting problem, I "think" you are correct at 35,000' But the real issue is why it was shown at 37,000'. I have used something similar and it is called flight tracker. There have been several times where I have known that the aircraft type was a B757 and on the site it is listed as B752! Sent them email but all 757's are still shown as 752's Humm, must be a new one out there  Laugh out loud
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RE: Oldman

Fri Feb 23, 2001 1:33 am

B752 is short for B757-200, which is what most of those 757's are, or are you referring to a flight which you know was a 757-300?

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RE: Oldman

Fri Feb 23, 2001 4:23 am

Do you know that for a fact? The reason I ask is after "talking" to the Flight Tracker site in DEN they were not aware of it. In addtion, if that is the case and it may well be, why is B737 equipment not shown as B732 or 733 734etc etc ?
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RE: Oldman

Fri Feb 23, 2001 8:58 am

777X is correct. 752 is shorthand for 757-200. Travel agents use this short hand for inteneraries. 732=737-200, 733=737-300, 737=737-700, and so forth. Flight Tracker uses this same nomenclature.
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RE: Oldman

Fri Feb 23, 2001 9:38 pm

KALB I was not aware of that. Thankyou
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RE: 737-200 Service Ceiling

Fri Feb 23, 2001 11:14 pm

Back to the original question, the ceiling of the 737-200 can be either FL350 or FL370, depending upon the type of cabin pressure controller installed, along with all the supporting paperwork from Boeing, etc. Two of the airlines I've worked for had -200s, and we could go to FL370 with one, but the other was only good up to FL350.

As far as aircraft types go, all the positiong data comes from FAA's aircraft situation display (ASD) which uses (in its "raw" form) FAA radar data, including the data tags with FAA contractions as far as aircraft types. The uses the FAA versions, i.e. B733, B734, etc. for respective -300 and -400 variants, and my guess is that some other tracking sites "dumb down" this aspect to a simplistic "B737" for their customers in order not to confuse them.
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.

RE: 737-200 Service Ceiling

Mon Mar 12, 2001 12:12 pm

The nomenclature issue reminds me of a recent trip I took from BGR (Maine) to Kodiak, Alaska. On my itinerary, the flights were listed as Saab 340, B-762, B737, B737, and B737. The 762 was operated by AA and the 3 737s were operated by AS. I don't know why the 737s weren't abbreviated as 2 734s and 1 732 (as I had known them to be). Oldman, it seemed that you experienced something similar with the 757 and 737. This is a stretch, but does it have anything to do with the 737-700. Either way you look at it, that is a 737. I don't know.
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RE: KALB/737-700

Tue Mar 13, 2001 7:37 am

I believe I'm correct, since "737" could be used either way, the 732,744,etc. method of naming a 737-700 is 73G. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that's correct.
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RE: 737-200 Service Ceiling

Thu Mar 15, 2001 2:44 pm

Usually these days, 737 refers to the 737-200.
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Thu Mar 15, 2001 3:00 pm

Goboeing is correct. 737-700 is hte 73G. Just curious A330300, how do you figure that all 737s refer to 737-200???


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