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Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:51 am

Today LN-RPG will conduct its last flight thus becoming history in SAS. The flight will also be the last European operated model.
SK600 will fly between ARN and OSL and is scheduled to takeoff at 13:30 CET. Flight time is estimated at 2 hours so it might be possible that the plane will first head down to CPH for a flyover and then turning its nose northward to OSL (speculation of routing, but since ARN-OSL usually takes 1 hour it is likely).

The flight can be followed at https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/sk600

Even though SAS is ending operations with the model it can still be observed around Europe every now and then thanks to Tunisair and Air Algérie




















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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:53 am

Last flown this plane from Kirkenes to Oslo in December 2017. Old interior and legroom was ok. After this aircraft was retired, it will be scrapped with the other 736s as well?
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:58 am

SQ789 wrote:
Last flown this plane from Kirkenes to Oslo in December 2017. Old interior and legroom was ok. After this aircraft was retired, it will be scrapped with the other 736s as well?


It will most likely be scrapped as all the other 737-600s have gone that path.
 
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:05 pm

Flew LN-RPG earlier this month on ARN-CPH. It's a fun and great little aircraft. The sheer amount of power in those things is incredible. It's sad to see them go, especially for an avgeek and because they've been a true workhorse for SAS.
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:11 pm

Bugger. I've been on almost all versions of the 737 but somehow I never managed to fly on the -600. Looks like my chances are narrowing ever further.
 
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:13 pm

PM wrote:
Bugger. I've been on almost all versions of the 737 but somehow I never managed to fly on the -600. Looks like my chances are narrowing ever further.



Well, you have Westjet, Tunisair and Air Algérie to choose between. Hurry up :)
 
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:56 pm

She's now airborne heading south towards CPH
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:39 pm

Jumped on FR24 in time to see it do an approach and low pass over CPH. Awesome stuff!
 
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:40 pm

SASViking wrote:
She's now airborne heading south towards CPH


Just did a low pass at CPH, before continuing to OSL
 
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:41 pm

Armodeen wrote:
Jumped on FR24 in time to see it do an approach and low pass over CPH. Awesome stuff!


Sure is a nice tribute to show her off at the bases before she leaves for good.
 
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:50 pm

Someone83 wrote:
SASViking wrote:
She's now airborne heading south towards CPH


Just did a low pass at CPH, before continuing to OSL

It just passed my house at 8000ft, great noise on that climb
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:11 pm

It is doing a circle outside of Gothenburg :-D I will miss the 737-600. I have had many great flights onboard it. Time flies. I remember well, when it started to replace the DC-9.
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:17 pm

Will they skywrite 600?
 
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:18 pm

Seems like they are writing 600 in the skies :-D
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:24 pm

Recall FlyGlobespan took some and they were by all accounts absolute dogs. All sorts of issues.
 
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:43 pm

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Recall FlyGlobespan took some and they were by all accounts absolute dogs. All sorts of issues.


Probably a maintenance deficiency. The -600 systems are the same as the -700. Westjets are reliable and high performance.
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 2:50 pm

Such a cute little plane, just like the A318. There´s something about a short chubby plane with a tall tail that makes it very attractive to me. Also the lack of Winglets makes it more interesting.
Incidentally, SAS is one of the very few airlines in the World to operate B737-800 without winglets. We´re so used to see them that when you see a 737-800 without them, it looks almost wrong.
 
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:02 pm

I hope we get to see some pictures from this trip and that some of our fellow members took some pictures :-)
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:51 pm

They drew a 600 in the skies west of Gothenburg. :D

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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 5:57 pm

If you live in North America (Unites States or Canada), your only option is Westjet. And only 13 of the 600 Series are in service, with the vast majority of 737s at Westjet being 700 and 800 Series. Yes Janet, based out of LAS, also flies the 600 but they won't sell you a ticket (unless you are a relative or a good friend of someone who works for them) because it's not a regular scheduled airline, I imagine it's just for VIP and Military Personnel.
I flew on a 600 once in my whole life, two years ago with WS from YYZ to LGA. I considered myself very lucky to fly on one since it would probably be my only opportunity to fly on a 600. The outbound flight LGA-YYZ was a 700. I had a good experience with Westjet, and a nice weekend in Toronto too.
Outside of North America, you would have to go Algeria or Tunisia if you really want to fly on one. That's it.
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:12 pm

I have travelled a lot with SAS’ 600s, but a saturday evening, almost empty flight from Stavanger to Oslo stands out in my memory as extremely sporty. That take off was by far the fastest, steepest most aggressive I have felt. Much more so than fooling around in GA-planes without SOPs or any trip with the other classic SAS sports-plane the DC9-21.

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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:34 pm

I love the sunny, large tail 737s. I miss seeing the 500 grace the skies over the US and I wish someone here ordered the 600.

Does anyone know why the 600 was developed? Was it just to further the pissing match against the A318?
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:45 pm

TWA772LR wrote:
I love the sunny, large tail 737s. I miss seeing the 500 grace the skies over the US and I wish someone here ordered the 600.

Does anyone know why the 600 was developed? Was it just to further the pissing match against the A318?


It was developed in the 90s with the launch by SAS. It was developed at the same time as the 700 and 800 were under study, in the 90s. I think that the idea was to offer parts and cockpit commonality, the same way with the A318 and its commonality with the A319/320/321. Plus the 600 was also meant to be a 500 replacement. But it's CASM was too high which made it a not very efficient model to operate, that's why it didn't do well. Same reason the A318 didn't do well. No need to say that there will not be a 737-6MAX.
I mentioned in another post that Westjet was the only airline in North America flying the 600, where the general public can buy a ticket. Continental also was thinking of buying it, but they never did.
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:54 pm

So now SAS will be left with a gap between its 90seat CRJs and its 141/144seat A319s and 737-700s...And that's till these types leave the fleet too and we're left with 180seat A320/738s
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:57 am

What a sad date. The -600 is by far the best looking 737 ever and it was absolutely perfect in the SAS livery. SAS had really nice cabins too - I really appreciated the fake wood on the bulkheads. Really nice onboard to not have to share the cabin with 179 others like on the 737-800.

SASViking wrote:
The sheer amount of power in those things is incredible. It's sad to see them go, especially for an avgeek and because they've been a true workhorse for SAS.

IKR! And that's with the teeny weeny little 18kbf engines. Had an absolute monster takeoff from Bergen a couple of years ago. After the flight captain said that was a takeoff two derate :lol: .
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:09 am

I remember, like it was yesterday, departing from CPH on a newly delivered 737-600. Sad to see this workhorse leave the fleet.

It there a retirement plan for the remaining 737-700/-800? When will the last 737-700 leave the fleet?
 
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:18 am

Is there going to be a water cannon salute for the old workhorse as she departs for the junkyard?

Nothing beats the runway performance of a 737-600. Not even a DC-9-20.
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:19 am

The only -600 i've flown on (my favorite 737 NG) was OSL-TRD with SAS in 2005. Sorry to see them go.

However, if I were.a passenger expecting to fly ARN-OSL, then got on the plane and was unexpectedly told we were going to go south to CPH and then do three lops over the seas on a joyride to OSL, not sure how I'd feel about that? If I was connecting from a long haul, I probably wouldn't be too thrilled to go the long way to OSL. Never heard of an airline doing this.
 
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:30 am

pwm2txlhopper wrote:
Never heard of an airline doing this.


El Al did something similar not long ago. When they retired their last 747 about a month ago or so, they flew a special path in the sky that would look like a 747 jet when completed. What SAS did now wasn't done at random for no reason, because if you look at the path closely, the three loops with the straight line right above the first loop, it looks like 600 so I think that this was done on purpose. To celebrate the last flight of the 737-600 Series.
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sun Dec 01, 2019 5:43 am

I only remember one 737-600 flight, which was the already-retired SE-DOR a few years ago. Flight was very empty and it was a nice takeoff.

pwm2txlhopper wrote:
The only -600 i've flown on (my favorite 737 NG) was OSL-TRD with SAS in 2005. Sorry to see them go.

However, if I were.a passenger expecting to fly ARN-OSL, then got on the plane and was unexpectedly told we were going to go south to CPH and then do three lops over the seas on a joyride to OSL, not sure how I'd feel about that? If I was connecting from a long haul, I probably wouldn't be too thrilled to go the long way to OSL. Never heard of an airline doing this.


They blocked it out at 2 hours, which would have been a clue that something was weird if the passenger looked. And that passenger, to be coming off a long-haul and connecting to OSL, would have need to have already been waiting 5 hours or so (the last longhaul arrival is SQ from SIN via DME, which is usually around 8 am local) and have missed 3 SK flights to OSL while waiting!
 
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:35 am

marcogr12 wrote:
So now SAS will be left with a gap between its 90seat CRJs and its 141/144seat A319s and 737-700s...And that's till these types leave the fleet too and we're left with 180seat A320/738s

There's 150 seats on their A319s after the refurbishment and there's no word of them leaving the fleet however the 738s are going like the -700s. The fleet will be all Airbus by 2024, except for the aircraft operated on lease like the CRJ's and ATR's are today
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:35 am

Flew with it dozens of times between CPH and BRU. Always sporty, straight up to FL400, where a nice breakfast/lunch/dinner was served. Best thing was the window in the fwd lavatory. Only ever tried sitting in rows 1 and 2, from where the ride was very comfortable.
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:11 pm

I am counting 30 active B736s now...13 for WS, 5 for AH, and 6 each for for TU and WWW.

As for historic orders placed for the model by order book:
GECAS: 6 (all placed with CA or a subsidiary)
ILFC: 6 (all placed with MA)
AH: 5
NG (Lauda Air): 2
SK: 30
TU: 7
WS: 13

Total 69 built. If not for SK, I wonder if this even gets built. SK is also an airline for which Boeing should really be pitching the E295, as that's well suited toward SK's short-haul network for where a CRJ is too small but an A320 is too much plane, and while the A220 is a similar size, SK doesn't need the range.
 
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:23 pm

Is there any info about the next destination for this plane?
(Where will the partout take place?)
 
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:36 pm

Probably DGX.
 
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:28 pm

Peter Kjellsberg Bakke from the Facebook group "OSL Gardermoen Fly & Spottermiljø" has made a very "koselig/hyggelig/mysigt" video about the last commercial flight of the SAS 737-600.

All rights belong to the Peter. I just wanted to share the video because I think you guys will like it. :airplane:

https://youtu.be/vXqlj_wbLfM
 
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:59 pm

IADCA wrote:
I only remember one 737-600 flight, which was the already-retired SE-DOR a few years ago. Flight was very empty and it was a nice takeoff.

pwm2txlhopper wrote:
The only -600 i've flown on (my favorite 737 NG) was OSL-TRD with SAS in 2005. Sorry to see them go.

However, if I were.a passenger expecting to fly ARN-OSL, then got on the plane and was unexpectedly told we were going to go south to CPH and then do three lops over the seas on a joyride to OSL, not sure how I'd feel about that? If I was connecting from a long haul, I probably wouldn't be too thrilled to go the long way to OSL. Never heard of an airline doing this.


They blocked it out at 2 hours, which would have been a clue that something was weird if the passenger looked. And that passenger, to be coming off a long-haul and connecting to OSL, would have need to have already been waiting 5 hours or so (the last longhaul arrival is SQ from SIN via DME, which is usually around 8 am local) and have missed 3 SK flights to OSL while waiting!


It was also expensive for passengers to book. I was at the gate, trust me, no regular passengers on that flight. I unfortunately had a dinner reservation in CPH, so couldn’t take SK600.
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Re: Last European operated B737-600 retires (SAS)

Wed Dec 04, 2019 2:20 am

SASViking wrote:
Flew LN-RPG earlier this month on ARN-CPH. It's a fun and great little aircraft. The sheer amount of power in those things is incredible. It's sad to see them go, especially for an avgeek and because they've been a true workhorse for SAS.

Reminds me of a previous SAS hot rod, years ago, the DC9-20, also a "limited edition", of sorts.

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