Air France retires 737

The last Boeing 737 in the Air France fleet has carried out its final return flight between Paris-CDG and Turin, under the command of Eric Monlouis, Flight Captain and Head of Air France’s 737 Division. 89 passengers (11 in l’Espace Affaires business and 78 in Tempo economy)  flew on AF1703 for the return journey.

Registered F-GJND, this 737-500, equipped with 12 seats in l’Espace Affaires and 94 seats in Tempo, was put into service in December 1991 and carried out over 34,300 flight hours on European and North African routes.

At the end of 1982, Air France put in an initial order with Boeing for twelve 737-200s. The first of these aircraft was put into service on the Barcelona route on 31 January 1983, with 18 seats in Business and 90 in economy. There was also a wheelchair available in the cabin for reduced mobility passengers.

The Boeing 737 was the first aircraft in the Air France fleet to require only two pilots. At the end of the nineties, Air France operated 50 Boeing 737-200s, -300s and -500s, on European and North African routes, with the latter two models inaugurating the series of 737NG (new generation).