There are many reasons to like the Boeing 737. It is reliable. It is prolific (over 8,500 built). It has been around for almost 50 years. It has a fantastic safety record. It is fuel efficient. It is not an unattractive plane to look at. I have never liked it.
This week I reached a milestone with my 299th flight on a 73. There is no other plane I have been on as many times. The 737 has taken me 340,000km (212,000) to 91 airports on five continents. I have disembarked as far south as Queenstown, New Zealand, as North as Reykjavik, Iceland! Westerly it has been Honolulu and the furthest east was Wellington, New Zealand!
Thirty-one carriers have operated the B737s, I have travelled on. Although, just three of them make up two thirds of the all 737 flights I have been on: Qantas, Virgin Australia and the all 737 US airline: Southwest.
For years the cliche: “If its not boeing, I am not going” was my mantra. The 747, 777, 757, 767 all get me excited. (plus I loved 707 and 7272s).Yet after flying on every variation of the type with 29 different airlines, the 737 leaves me cold.
I have tried to analyse what it is I do not like about the 737. Is it because the 737 is too familiar, too pedestrian?
The cabin feels cramped to me -even in Business Class on the airlines that operate such a class.I don’t like the cabin wall shape, the windows, galley location or the lavatory layout. In today’s modern layouts, its annoys me that the windows and seats do not line up! Even, the noise of the landing gear retracting annoys me!
Any other reasons?
Which aircraft do you hate or love? And which ones have you flown the most?