This Boeing 737-7H4 lands safely at Tucson International Airport (TUS). The 7 indicates it is a 700 series variant. It is therfore an NG or Next Generation 737. Under the leadership of Frank Shrontz (1985–1996), Boeing launched the NG in 1993 as the third generation derivative of the Boeing 737. Boeing has produced this upgrade of the 737 Classic (−300/-400/-500) series since 1997. Variants of the Next Generation include 737-600, 737-700, 737-700ER, 737-800, 737-800BCF, 737-900 and 737-900ER.
I photographed this fixed wing multi engine aircraft on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at approximately 5:57:58 PM. This standard transport serial number 32473 has been flying since 2004. The H4 means that Boeing has assigned it a customer code for the American company, Southwest Airlines Corporation of Dallas, Texas. This twin-engine jet seats 140 passenger in a single class configuration.
FAA assigned this aircraft an Airworthiness Certificate on October 18, 2004. The Last Action Date for this aircraft was July 18, 2018. The Airworthiness of this aircraft expires on August 31, 2021. She has been flying for 16 years.
On January 19th, N485WN operated SWA2782, WN2782 or Southwest 2782. Southwest 2782 arrived over a week ago at Gate A4 from Gate 17B at Los Angeles, CA (LAX). The total travel time was 1 hour 15 minutes. She left 6 minutes early on 03:19 PM PST and arrived on 05:34PM MST 16 minutes early. Taxi time from LAX is 8 minutes and the average delay is less than 10 minutes. Similarly, the taxi time in TUS is 4 minutes and the average delay is less than 10 minutes. The 512-mile journey was the fifth flight of seven flights made on that Sunday. Not one flight lasted longer than one hour and thirty minutes. All destinations extended no further than Arizona, Nevada and California.
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