The Boeing 737-500 in Profile
by Chris Banyai-Riepl
The Boeing 737 is easily the most successful jet airliner
out there, with well over 3000 in service. The original CFM-engined 737 family consisted of three planes, the 737-300, the 737-400 and the 737-500. All of these were basically the same plane with different fuselage lengths and thus different capacities. The 737-500 was the shortest of the three and was designed as a replacement for the older and noisier 737-200. This version found service with dozens of airlines and is still flying all over the world today.
Air Pacific 'Island of Taneuvi'
MSN 26067, L/N 2304, Delivered 6/11/92
Now flying with Nordeste Linhas Aéreas with the registration of PT-MNH,
this plane is shown in the rather striking livery of Air Pacific. This livery
underwent a few changes in its history, with the original fuselage titles being
simple block letters. After this iteration the tail logo changed as well, giving
this plane three different arrangements in its short life with Air Pacific.
BMI (British Midland)
MSN 25166, L/N 2129, Delivered 9/30/91
Formerly registered SE-DNG and flown by Linjeflyg, this plane now flies with British
Midland in their new livery. A considerable change from their earlier, more sedate
livery, this new scheme is quite striking with a metallic blue 'bmi' on the fuselage
and a stylized Union Jack on the tail.
CSA Czech Airlines
MSN 26543, L/N 2339, Delivered 8/7/92
CSA has flown quite a wide variety of aircraft over the years. Originally using
Russian aircraft, the airline has now moved towards Western designs. The 737-500
is a perfect match for their in-country flights and short European connections.
Their livery hasn't changed much over the years, with the only notable difference
being the name Czech Airlines instead of the original Czechoslovak Airlines.
Malev Hungarian Airlines
MSN 24926, L/N 1966, Delivered 12/15/90
Another plane flown by more than one airline, this plane originally was delivered
to Hapag Lloyd and registered D-AHLD. Malev has a growing fleet of 737s and is
ordering some new generation 737s as well. The Hungarian national colors are on
the tail and one thing that makes this livery unique is the blue radome.
MSN 28721, L/N 2856, Delivered 2/24/97
Maersk has operated several types of 737s, including the 737-500. Their overall
blue scheme with the dark blue cheatline is distinctive and easily recognized.
Maersk also flies aircraft in other airline's liveries as required, and these
often only carry a small Maersk Air logo on the fuselage.
MSN 26324, L/N 2735, Delivered 6/28/95
Estonia has a long history with aviation dating all the way back to the World
War One era. Their colors haven't changed much since then and Estonian Air's small
fleet of 737-500s reflects these colors. This striking scheme consists of two
shades of blue over a white fuselage, with the logo repeated on the tail. The
engine nacelles feature an interesting star motif as well.
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