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.