posted on Apr, 14 2016 @ 02:24 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
It's good to see the mundane people-haulers getting some love here.
There's something so stalwart and admirable to me about those old Southwest 737 Classics. The idea that these things have valiantly survived 20+
years of the nonstop regional grind carries a certain sense of mechanical romance. It's a little bit like riding the Amtrak Regionals on the
Northeast Corridor, getting hauled along century-old infrastructure at 120mph in 40 year old coaches pulled by 30 year old electric locomotives that
have been running more or less continuously for their decades of service.
When I fly SW, those old 737's are a sentimental favorite of mine, because they always bear the scars of their decades of grueling service. Stuff
like winglet kits and replacement flap actuator fairings, and even meticulous patchwork around the doors, where years of jetways docking and undocking
have worn down the original aluminum skin. It's just cool to see the living mechanical history.
As for comfort though, you really can't beat the E-175s and E-195s. For domestic routes, when they have ample seat spacing, they're really in a class
of their own.