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Why is the B738 such a success vs. other 737 models?

Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:34 am

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Why is the B738 such a success vs. other 737 models (ignoring the 731 (LH only) and 732)? Sure, WN has 500+, but why? CASM alone?
 
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Re: Why is the B738 such a success vs. other 737 models?

Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:10 am

AFAIK the -800 costs not much more than the -700 to operate and the additional capacity more than compensates for it.

In order to compare apples to apples, I think you can leave the Jurassic and Classic models out. The market in the past couple of decades has been way bigger than back then.
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Re: Why is the B738 such a success vs. other 737 models?

Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:37 am

The 731 and 732 models, the Jurassic, are already out of scope, but the 733, 734, and 735, collectively the Classic, total more than the 736, 737, and 739 models combined. Even lumped together, Classic build at ~1.9K, 6/7/9 build at ~1.8K... the 738 at ~4.5K dwarfs its siblings.
 
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Re: Why is the B738 such a success vs. other 737 models?

Mon Apr 10, 2017 6:56 am

WPvsMW wrote:
The 731 and 732 models, the Jurassic, are already out of scope, but the 733, 734, and 735, collectively the Classic, total more than the 736, 737, and 739 models combined. Even lumped together, Classic build at ~1.9K, 6/7/9 build at ~1.8K... the 738 at ~4.5K dwarfs its siblings.


Fair dinkum. However the "Classic 737 era" airlines like today's Ryanair, Southwest, Lion Air etc, with staggering fleet numbers, just didn't exist. Ok maybe Southwest. Air travel volume is much larger today.

It is true that the 738 is by far the best seller. I guess it just hits the sweet spot.
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Re: Why is the B738 such a success vs. other 737 models?

Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:36 am

Its the most balanced 737 in terms of economics and capability. A fully equipped -800 is a very capable aircraft. Its got decent legs, burn, pax count, engine options (26/27K) while having good economics as well. Where the -700 is too little and the -900ER's are too much, the -800 is just right. During the classic era they had to compete with the mad dogs as well, so those naturally ate into their sales.
 
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Re: Why is the B738 such a success vs. other 737 models?

Tue Apr 11, 2017 2:52 pm

As the 737/320 models became more and more capable they started eating, then gulping, the market territory of larger planes. An interesting analysis would be the share of the total seat/miles flown, from 1975 to date. I suspect it was ever increasing.
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