Today I present the Boeing 737-500 for your voting consideration…
Photo Credits: Mr Szabi @ Jetphotos.com
The Boeing 737-500 was designed as a modern (at the time) replacement for the quickly ageing original Boeing 737-200, the most immediate difference you will notice between the two being the -500s much more fuel efficient high-bypass CFM56-3 engines, a extreme difference from the 737-100 and -200s low-bypass JT8D that make the -200s still flying very noticeable. As it was replacing the smaller -200 variant the -500 was the shortest of all the Boeing 737 Classics coming in at a few inches over 101 feet for a total of 101 feet 9 inches, 19 inches longer than the 737-200.
The Boeing 737-500 program was launched with a order for 20 aircraft by American low cost carrier and firm 737 believer Southwest in 1987 with the first flight taking place on June 30, 1989. By 1990 Southwest received it’s first delivery of the aircraft and the airline would end up operating 25 aircraft of the -500 variant.
The majority of Boeing 737-500s are retired now but that doesn’t stop a dozen or so airlines from flying the model, most notably Russian carrier UTair still flys 21 airframes of the model, larger operators like United retired their models of the -500 in 2009, only to acquire more in their merger with Continental which I find kind of funny, but in the end United was once again no longer operating the 737-500 by 2014. Launch costumer Southwest phased their airframes out in 2016 while ANA wings did not retire their last -500 until 2020.
In between 1990 and 2022 a number of airlines have or are operating the 737-500, everything from Lufthansa’s fleet of 38 to model’s flying charter flights in Brazil to this day, it’s a diverse aircraft for livery potential and I hope to show that now…
Operators of the 737-500
This is not an attempt to list every 737-500 operator ever but if you feel like I missed someone important don’t be afraid to shout it out in the reply’s :)
China Southern Airlines
LAM Mozambique Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines
Royal Air Maroc
Ukraine International Airlines
Thus concludes my request, the Boeing 737-500 is my favorite version of the Boeing 737 and I hope we can get this added soon, I am aware that it is probably a long shot compared to the other 737 Classics and we’re probably handicapped by the new one aircraft per update or whatever policy so please don’t forget to drop a vote.
Thanks for reading all the way down here, and I’m sorry for boring you ;)