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A Southwest Airlines flight takes off from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport early Sunday, February 12, 2012. Southwest began departures from the airport on Sunday. Stephen M. Keller, Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines To Retire 129 Boeing 737 Classics

Southwest Airlines expects to retire 118 Boeing 737-300s and 11 -500s by the end of 2018.

DALLAS—Southwest Airlines expects to retire 118 Boeing 737-300s and 11 -500s by the end of 2018, says Kent Horton, director of aircraft engineering. 

The carrier also plans to add 36 new 737-800s and 17 used -700s this year, he said during MRO Americas 2016 conference.

The airline has taken 83 used -700s to date. Aviation Technical Services is providing a turnkey technical fleet integration service to assist Southwest with introducing these mid-life aircraft.

Horton added that delivery of Southwest’s  first 737 -8 is on schedule for next year. The airline has firm orders for 30 737-7s and 170 737-8s

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