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n471wn
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High time 737-300 (N694SW) now retired from SWA

Tue Jun 21, 2016 3:37 am

It is thought that this 1985 build a/c was the high time/cycle 737 in the world. Does anyone know how many hours and cycles this a/c had before it was flown to Tucson?
 
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Re: High time 737-300 (N694SW) now retired from SWA

Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:22 am

According to the publicly available FAA records:
On February 24, 2016 the plane had:
- 97.811 hours
- 67.813 cycles
 
n471wn
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Re: High time 737-300 (N694SW) now retired from SWA

Tue Jun 21, 2016 4:49 pm

Many thanks for the information
 
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Re: High time 737-300 (N694SW) now retired from SWA

Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:32 pm

bralo20 wrote:
According to the publicly available FAA records:
On February 24, 2016 the plane had:
- 97.811 hours
- 67.813 cycles


Where do you look this up?

That's a pretty full logbook.
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Re: High time 737-300 (N694SW) now retired from SWA

Tue Jun 21, 2016 11:00 pm

Is the retirement info available for the rest of the classic fleet?
 
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Re: High time 737-300 (N694SW) now retired from SWA

Tue Jun 21, 2016 11:03 pm

bralo20 wrote:
According to the publicly available FAA records:
On February 24, 2016 the plane had:
- 97.811 hours
- 67.813 cycles


Very interesting, particularly given that it implies an average stage length over the frame's life of 86 minutes. These days, as opposed to 30 or 40 years ago, I suspect there aren't many other airlines in the U.S. - maybe even the world, for the most part - that would have that short an average stage length on a mainline aircraft.
 
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Re: High time 737-300 (N694SW) now retired from SWA

Tue Jun 21, 2016 11:21 pm

commavia wrote:
bralo20 wrote:
According to the publicly available FAA records:
On February 24, 2016 the plane had:
- 97.811 hours
- 67.813 cycles


Very interesting, particularly given that it implies an average stage length over the frame's life of 86 minutes. These days, as opposed to 30 or 40 years ago, I suspect there aren't many other airlines in the U.S. - maybe even the world, for the most part - that would have that short an average stage length on a mainline aircraft.


Hmm. I know there was a 737 in South America with roughly the same number of cycles but considerably less flight hours which was retired some years ago. That was a 737-200.
 
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Re: High time 737-300 (N694SW) now retired from SWA

Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:32 am

bralo20 wrote:
According to the publicly available FAA records:
On February 24, 2016 the plane had:
- 97.811 hours
- 67.813 cycles


Have you a direct link, where I can see the hours/cycles on the FAA website?
 
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Re: High time 737-300 (N694SW) now retired from SWA

Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:11 pm

you can find information like this from maintenance records filed with the FAA here:

http://av-info.faa.gov/sdrx/Query.aspx

have fun!

And on the stage length note, I flew on N352SW last year when she had 78,000 hours and 66,500 cycles, for an average stage length of 71 minutes. I think she's still flying today.
 
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Re: High time 737-300 (N694SW) now retired from SWA

Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:42 pm

Do we know for sure its been withdrawn? Airfleets and planespotters still show active and I haven't seen it turn up on Skyliners lists yet.
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n471wn
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Re: High time 737-300 (N694SW) now retired from SWA

Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:34 pm

Yes it has been retired and is at the scrapyard in Tucson
 
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Re: High time 737-300 (N694SW) now retired from SWA

Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:22 pm

694 definitely retired on the 11th.

Here's the future retirements -

669 - 6/27
369 - 7/5
660 - 7/10
366 - 7/11
372 - 7/17
665 - 7/24
659 - 8/6
685 - 8/7
345 - 8/11
375 - 8/27
523 - 8/29

My understanding is the last -500 will be parked in September.
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Re: High time 737-300 (N694SW) now retired from SWA

Sat Jun 25, 2016 1:13 am

Any word on the new Lone Star One? IIRC, it was scheduled to have
it's new paint job completed by end of June?
 
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Re: High time 737-300 (N694SW) now retired from SWA

Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:01 am

I had my first ever landing on the flight deck jumpseat on this aircraft back in 1987 with Orion -remember it well! I would think the ex-Orion aircraft would all have higher hours than a 737-300 with Southwest for its entire life. The "new" 737-300s, as they then were, worked very hard on a lot of long sectors including Gatwick-Tel Aviv, which was always interesting from a performance point of view with a -3B1 engine aircraft
 
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Re: High time 737-300 (N694SW) now retired from SWA

Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:24 am

I seem to remember reading an article on the on-board magazine of Britannia Airways sometime around 1986/87, that mentioned one of their original 737-200s (delivered back in 1968) surpassing the 100.000 hours... Anyone can confirm?

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