The 737 MAX Grounding Is Such A Disaster That Airlines Are Leasing 30-Year-Old Noisy 737-200s
Airlines are willing to accept ancient planes... more pollution and noise...
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August 12, 2019 - by Mack Hogan for jalopnik.com
With hundreds of 737 MAX planes still on the ground following two fatal crashes, airlines are frantically trying to lease available 737s to fill gaps left by the MAX. They're so desperate that they're leasing 737-200s, a variant that was discontinued in 1988.
That means that the newest 737-200s are 31 years old, while the plane itself was introduced 54 years ago.
But, according to a new report by CNBC, airlines are willing to accept ancient planes if it means avoiding route cancellations.
PHOTO Nolinor Aviation Boeing 737-200 arrived in Toronto from Montreal Mirabel short time ago. Will operate a flight for Sunwing Vacations later today. C-GTUK pic.twitter.com/cCdsvkonU6
— Tom Podolec Aviation (@TomPodolec) May 5, 2019
The most in-demand models, aviation consultant Phil Seymour told CNBC, are the 737-800s. Like the -600, -700 and the -900, the -800 is a member of Boeings 737 Next Generation lineup. The -800 is still in production today, making it more common among air carriers and easier to lease into their operations.
The 737-200, on the other hand, has not been used by any American airline for quite some time. Southwest, an all-737 airline, retired its -200s in 2005. According to the latest airliner census, only 38 737-200s were in service worldwide as of last summer.
Nolinor Aviation operates 10 of those (noisy) -200s...
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