Your Memories of The Boeing 737- Classics (-100 through -500)

What are some of your most fond memories flying on the 737-Classic for Southwest Airlines? If you have personal pictures to back them up, feel free to include them in.

What about the 737-Classic did you most appreciate when flying on Southwest?

My answer:

Ever since I was a 1 year old, I’ve been flying on the 737-200 and -300 for Southwest Airlines. And because of that the 737-Classic has become my favorite aircraft of all time. Everything about it was amazing. From the leg room, to the interior design.

My memories on the 737-200 are fuzzy, but I do remember the tan leather seats on the Southwest Air -200’s.

However my fondest memories are of the -300 and -500. The leg room on these planes are and were just outstanding. The seats were thick and comfortable. I could lower the tray table and lie down comfortably and sleep without having a hard plastic seat-back grind against my head like you see in the newer 737’s.

Words alone cannot truly describe my love for the 737-Classic. I’d like to hear your memories of the 737-Classic.

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I don’t live in the USA

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I updated the title.

Im sad that ive never got the chance to fly on a classic aircraft :(

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Another fond memory I have is when I flew on my last Southwest 737-300 back in 2017 from KSJC-KPHX. That plane (I heard) was retired the following week. 😞

R.I.P.: Southwest 737-200/300/500’s.

I flew on 5 southwest 737-300s. AUS-SJC, LAX-AUS, PDX-SJC, AUS-ATL and ATL-IND.
To be completely honest, I don’t really remember them, as I was quite young.

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I flew N654SW, N646SW, N385SW, N317SW, and idk the last one.

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This is what the interior of my last 737-300 flight looked like (not my photo). I loved the overhead control panel for the a.c. and lights.

One of my favorite shots of a Classic that I have took

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Beautiful!!

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25 years from now all of today’s aircraft will be classic aircraft…

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To me, in order to be classified as a “classic”, the aircraft has to be at least 35-40 years old.

Never flew with Southwest but I did fly Air Baltic’s 737-300 from Riga to London. Arguably the rarest aircraft I’d possibly fly. Theyre only 20-25 years old but the same aircraft nontheless 😉

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Fun fact: if you put the airframes side by side, you’ll realize that the 737-300 and -700 are exactly the same with the exception of more and less advanced systems inside the aircraft. The -700 is basically an updated version of the -300. Which is why it’s now my current favorite in Southwest’s fleet.

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Sitting in engine #2 of one at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas.

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Never been on a Southwest classic, but I did go on an Air North -500 when I was in Canada in January. Very cool plane, love the overhead panel. Wouldn’t have gone on it if Air Canada didn’t cancel our flight again, we were very lucky.

To me, the 737-Classic truly signifies what an airliner should look like both inside and out. 😉

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I love that it doesn’t have a winglet as well.

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Certainly was weird without it. Most of the time when I’m on a B737 it’s a QF B738 so it’s weird to see a plane without it. I guess as time goes on they find more ways to make a plane more efficient.