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Lufthansa says farewell to the Boeing 737, D-ABEF operates flight LH153 as “BOBBY1”

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Lufthansa has now operated its last Boeing 737 revenue flight. Nuremberg Airport gave the traditional water cannon salute to the pictured Boeing 737-330 D-ABEF (msn 25217) as it departs NUE for the Frankfurt hub. This is the last departure of a Boeing 737 of Lufthansa with passengers after nearly 49 years of service of the Boeing 737 Family (starting with the Boeing 737-130, then the 737-230 and the 737-330 followed by the 737-430 and the 737-530). The farewall flight was operating by D-ABEF, which is named “Weiden in der Oberpfalz”. D-ABEF was operated with the ATC callsign on “BOBBY1” on the route Nuremberg – Frankfurt. The last flight was operated as planned on October 29, 2016.

On October 30, 2016 Lufthansa issued this statement and photos:

On October 29, 2016, the Boeing 737 fleet of Lufthansa carried out its last commercial flights.

At 7:53 pm in the evening, the last Boeing 737-300 with registration D-ABEF (christened “Weiden in der Oberpfalz”) landed at Frankfurt Airport with 131 passengers on board. For Captain Ulrich Pade and his crew (below), this last flight was a special and moving occasion.

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The passengers applauded after landing and they had the opportunity to take photos in the cockpit afterwards. Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, didn’t miss the chance to be there in person to thank the crews.

Shortly before this, three further Boeing 737 aircraft had also landed, arriving from Stuttgart, Geneva und Leipzig/Halle. As a sign of honor they were led by “follow-me” cars to the parking position in front of terminal 2. A crowd of aircraft fans and plane spotters could take a final look at the planes from the Visitor’s Terrace (below).

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On October 31, 2016 Lufthansa issued this statement:

On October 31, 2016 Lufthansa said goodbye to its Boeing 737 fleet after 48 years. This marks the end of an era for Lufthansa, spanning almost 50 years.

D-ABEC flies a farewell Frankfurt - Hamburg - Frankfurt roundtrip flight on October 31, 2016

Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Boeing 737-330 D-ABEC (msn 25149) FRA (Ole Simon). Image: 911535.

A Boeing 737-300, with registration D-ABEC (“Karlsruhe”) (above), flew from Frankfurt to Hamburg this morning on special flight LH9922, where Lufthansa’s Boeing 737 fleet is to be officially bid farewell during a joint event with Lufthansa Technik. After a special ceremony, Captain and Fleet Commander Ulrich Pade and his crew flew back to Frankfurt, with a group of media representatives as well as a number of employees on board; the flight was scheduled to land at 5.10 pm local time.

Over the decades, Lufthansa has had a total of 148 Boeing 737 of almost all generations. At the beginning of the 1960s, the then Chief Executive Officer of Lufthansa Technik, Professor Gerhard Höltje, pushed the project forward and supported the joint development of a short and medium-haul jet with Boeing. The cabin design and the positioning of the engines under the aircraft’s wings were based on the long-haul aircraft of the time.

A 1960s children’s book described the Boeing 707 as the father and the Boeing 727 as the mother of the small jet named “Bobby”. This name caught on. “The Boeing 737 has always been called “Bobby” by Lufthansa employees and aircraft fans. Many passengers and employees associate a very special time with this aircraft model. We want to thank the Boeing 737 for almost 50 years of reliable and successful operations,” said Klaus Froese, CEO Lufthansa Hub Frankfurt.

With the start of the winter schedule, all six remaining Boeing 737-300 aircraft had its last commercial flights on October 29, 2016. The planes will be transferred to Florida in the coming weeks, where they will be resold. In future, Lufthansa will offer continental services with a single type of aircraft, which will result in synergies in various areas, such as pilot licensing, cabin crew and planning and provision of spare parts. The Lufthansa A320 family currently consists of around 150 A319, A320 and A321 aircraft and also includes four aircraft of the latest generation – the A320neo.

On February 19, 1965, Lufthansa was the world’s first purchaser of 22 Boeing 737-100s. Almost three years later, on February 4, 1968, Lufthansa landed the first Boeing 737 in Hamburg. Within a short time, the Boeing 737 became the normal size for short-haul aircraft. Besides the Boeing 737-200 in various passenger and freight versions, the first Boeing 737-300 was delivered to Lufthansa in 1986, which offered a high level of comfort, efficient fuel consumption and low noise levels compared to other aircraft of the period.

In May 1988, the first co-pilots were trained to fly the Boeing 737, which was also the first aircraft to witness to the reunification of the two Germanys as it was the first aircraft to land in the former GDR at Leipzig Airport. A little later on October 2, 1990, the first Lufthansa flight with the Boeing 737 “Sindelfingen” took off to West Berlin. In the summer of 2016, the Boeing 737 was given one last great honor when the Boeing 737 with registration D-ABEK was given the colors of the “Fanhansa” and flew to France with German national football team on board.

Top Copyright Photo and Below: Gunter Mayer. Sunset of an era. D-ABEF sits at Gate 12 at Albrecht Dürer Airport Nuremberg at sunset in preparation for the farewall flight.

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Below Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Boeing 737-330 D-ABEF (msn 25217) ZRH (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 934454.

Lufthansa Boeing 737-330 D-ABEF (msn 25217) ZRH (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 934454.

Below Copyright Photo: Lufthansa was the launch customer for the Boeing 737 as Boeing came close to not launching the now very successful model. Lufthansa took delivery of its first 737-130 (D-ABEB, msn 19014) on December 27, 1967 in these updated colors. Named “Marburg”, the pictured 737-130 D-ABEV (msn 19032) also carries “City Jet 737” sub-titles. The 737-130 fleet would later be sold to Peoplexpress. Lufthansa Boeing 737-130 D-ABEV (msn 19032) (Christian Volpati). Image: 904027.

Lufthansa Boeing 737-130 D-ABEV (msn 19032) (Christian Volpati). Image: 904027.

Below Copyright Photo: Lufthansa Boeing 737-230 D-ABHN (msn 22139) ZRH (Rob Rindt Collection). Image: 934204.

"Trier City Jet 737", delivered September 3, 1981

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Greybull Capital finalizes its £165 million investment in Monarch Airlines

Monarch 737 MAX 8 (11)(Flt)(Boeing)(LR)

Monarch Airlines on October 12, 2016 announced the biggest investment in its 48 year history, a £165 million ($202.4 million) investment from its majority shareholder, Greybull Capital.

As a result of this investment Monarch has successfully renewed its ATOL licences from the CAA for the next 12 months and funded future growth plans.

In October 2014, Monarch announced an order for 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft (above), with options for a further 15 planes. The first of these aircraft is due to be delivered in 2018.

The arrival of these state-of-the-art, fuel efficient aircraft in less than two years’ will enable Monarch to continue to provide passengers with a best in class inflight experience and allow the company to enjoy significant operational cost savings.

Andrew Swaffield, Chief Executive Officer of The Monarch Group, commented: “It is testament to the extensive effort by all parties, over the past weeks and months, that we are able to announce the largest investment in our 48-year history, as well as the renewal of our ATOL licences.

“I’d like to thank the CAA, our shareholders, partners, loyal customers and the team at Monarch for helping us to achieve this successful outcome. We are now firmly focused on the future as a stronger Monarch.”

Seabury Group LLC and Seabury Securities (UK) Ltd. served as financial advisor with respect to the recapitalisation.

Image: Boeing.

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Ryanair to open its 77th base at Belfast International, starts “honoring” some of its passengers

"Honoring" passenger Nelly Langedijk from the Netherlands

Ryanair (Dublin) on January 7 announced it will open a new base at Belfast International Airport, starting in March, with one based aircraft and a four daily flights to London (Gatwick). The base will grow to three aircraft and five more new routes from October 2016. Belfast is the 77th base for the ultra low-fare carrier.

Copyright Photo: Michael Kelly/AirlinersGallery.com. Ryanair has initiated a campaign “honoring” some of their passengers by displaying their image on some aircraft. In this image, passenger ” Nelly Langedijk ” from the Netherlands is featured on the nose of Boeing 737-8AS EI-DAH (msn 33546) pictured at the Dublin base.

Ryanair issued this statement on the “30 Names 30 Planes” program:

“On July 8, 2015 to celebrate its new Facebook account and 30th birthday, Ryanair launched a ’30 Names 30 Planes’ competition, offering 30 fans the chance to have their name and face pictured on one of 30 Ryanair aircraft. Entry was through the Ryanair Facebook page, where fans uploaded their photo and downloaded a CGI video of their own Ryanair aircraft bearing their name and face. After over 80,000 entries the 30 lucky winners were announced in October 2015.”

According to Ryanair, the first decals were fitted in the first week of December 2015 and the decals will be fitted for up to six months.

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NewLeaf to launch operations on February 12 using Flair Airlines

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NewLeaf Travel Company, Inc. (Winnipeg) has announced it will launch ultra low-fare scheduled airline operations (using Flair Airlines Boeing 737-400s) (Kelowna) on February 12 from Abbotsford, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Halifax. The company will serve smaller and secondary airports in Canada.

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NewLeaf Travel Company Inc. is a privately held Canadian company headquartered at the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Delta to operate the Boeing 737-900ER to Hawaii

Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-932 ER SSWL N835DN (msn 31945) FLL (Jay Selman). Image: 402755.

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) is planning to operate the Boeing 737-900 ER (Extended Range) daily between Seattle/Tacoma and Honolulu starting on April 4 per Airline Route. The newer type will replace existing Boeing 757-200 aircraft. The carrier will use the 737 also on the Seattle/Tacoma – Kona route commencing on April 17.

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-932 ER N835DN (msn 31945) departs from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Southwest Airlines and TWU 555 reach a tentative agreement

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-3H4 HL N654SW (msn 28399) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930591.

Southwest Airlines (Dallas) has announced a new tentative agreement with Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 555, the union that represents more than 12,000 Southwest Ground Operations, Provisioning, and Cargo Agents. The Union’s Executive Board reviewed an Agreement in Principle that negotiators reached on December 23 and decided to conduct a ratification vote that could end more than four years of negotiations.

The Company said that the new contract not only improves wages and benefits, but it also enhances Southwest’s competitive standing within the industry.

Over the next few weeks, the Union will share the terms of the agreement with its members and conduct a ratification vote. If approved, the contract will become amendable in 2021.

Southwest operates a network of 97 destinations across the United States and seven additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-3H4 N654SW (msn 28399) arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Delta to restore the seasonal Portland – Anchorage route

Delta Air Lines Boeing 737-932 ER WL N817DN (msn 31928) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 924987.

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will restore the summer seasonal route between Portland, Oregon and Anchorage, Alaska on May 13, 2016. The restored route will be operated four days a week with Boeing 737-900s according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Delta has been building up its nearby Seattle-Tacoma International Airport hub so it is not surprising this route from the Pacific Northwest to Alaska is being restored. Boeing 737-932 ER N817DN (msn 31928) taxies to the runway at SEA.

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