Friday, July 28, 2017

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-3H4 (28401/2932) N656SW (Retired)

N656SW smokes the mains on Rwy 25L at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS/KLAS) on December 16, 2007 still in her original livery. This was the last 737-3H4 delivered factory fresh to the carrier on September 26, 1997 ex Boeing N1786B.

I remember this aircrafts first flight into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX/KLAX) as I was the Operations Agent assigned to her flight and being the avgeek that I am knew the significance of this lovely bird.
(Photo by Michael Carter)

Yesterday July 27, 2017 Southwest Airlines retired 3 Boeing 737-3H4 aircraft, N361SW, N655WN, and N656SW. Aircraft info as follows:

N361SW (26572/2309) Delivered June 18, 1992. Ferried July 27 DAL-SBD.

N655WN (28400/2931) Delivered September 10, 1997. Ferried July 27 DAL-VCV.

N656SW (28401/2932) Delivered September 26, 1997. Ferried July 27 HOU-VCV.

Sadly, the entire Southwest Airlines 737-300 fleet will be retired no later than September 30 of this year which is the day before the carriers first 737-8MAX enters service. 

(Michael Carter - Editor - Aero Pacific Flightlines) 

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