MIAMI — US Airways will operate its final Boeing 737-400 flights on Tuesday, August 19.
Although American will continue to operate 737s, these aircraft, all older generation classic 737s, were the last of the type for US Airways. Of the 56 that once flew for the airline, only nine now remain.
To commemorate the final flights, the final three 737-400 flights will operate as US0737, with a special farewell routing.
The first of the last three flights will depart Charlotte at 0830 and arrive in Dallas/Fort Worth at 1016. Next, it will depart DFW at 1245 for to Philadelphia, arriving at 1705. Finally, the aircraft will depart Philadelphia at 2000 for Charlotte, arriving at 2145. All times local.
It appears there are longer turnaround times scheduled to allow for farewell ceremonies in each station.
Passengers and employees can now book the final farewell flights on American’s and US Airways’ website.
Have no fear if you can’t make these final flights. There are still more than one dozen 737-400 operators around the world. It’s just that US, as of August 20th, won’t be one of them.
A Little 737-400 History
The design for the 737-400 was released in 1985 as Boeing needed to fill a gap between the 737-300 and 757-200. Plus, Boeing needed a new aircraft to be able to compete against the A320 and MD-80.
In 1988, the first aircraft rolled out of the factory and took to the skies. The first aircraft was delivered to Piedmont Airlines.
Although Boeing did not offer a cargo version, Alaska started converting theirs to handle cargo.