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volume 36, number 2
News about Piedmont. The Up-And-Coming Airline.
Piedmont sfirst 737-300 began
taking shape last month at
Boeings plant in Renton. WA In
the background are 737 300s
being assembled for other
737-300 to fly PI colors first time in April
Piedmont’s first 737-300 — our
aircraft of the future — will Eirrive
next month from Boeing.
The new aircraft has one of the
lowest seat-mile cost and overall
noise levels of any commercial air
liner of its type. It will give us
greater scheduling flexibility, fly
more passengers while consuming
less fuel and provide airports
served by Piedmont with one of the
quietest aircraft in production
Boeing already predicts that the
737-300 will be one of the best sell
ing aircraft the company has ever
produced. Sixteen airlines will be
flying the 737-300. Boeing has firm
orders for more them 162 of the air
craft and there are options on
many more. USAir and Southwest
already have 737-300s in service,
and the aircraft is performing well
with a dispatch reliability in excess
of 99 percent. USAir has firm
orders totaling 30, and Southwest,
31. Piedmont has ordered 18 737-
300s with options on 15 more.
“The 737-300 fits with what we
have and that’s what 1 like about it,
Gordon Bethune, senior vice presi-
“Because it’s not radically differ
ent from the 737-200, it will be
easier to integrate into our fleet.
“The aircraft will offer us market
ing flexibility and save us money in
training expenses because of its
commonalty with the 200. And
since almost 60 percent of its parts
are the same as those on the 200,
we won’t have to build up two com
pletely sepairate inventories.
The 737-300 is going to be an
exciting aircraft, one that wiU help
to ensure our future growth," he
Because the 737-300 is so sim
ilar in appearance to the 737-200,
the 737-300 will have a special
design on its tail for identification.
Three thin blue stripes and the
name “737-300 ” in red will appear
on the lower portion of the tall
structure, and logo lights, posi
tioned on the wings, will be directed
at the name.
With the 737-300, Piedmont will
also introduce a completely new
interior that coordinates with our
white, red, and blue on the outside
of the aircraft.
The fabric for the seats will be
wool because of its durability
instead of the polyester currently
used, and the new colors will give
the interiors a bigger and brighter
Two styles — one for all coach
and the other for coach and first
rlass — have been designed for the air
craft. The first three 737-300s will
be all coach, each wath 138 seats.
The next five we receive this year
will have eight first-class seats and
120 in coach and will be fitted with
auxiliary fuel tanks. These five
long-range aircraft will have audio
systems like our long-range 727-
200s. Current plans are for the
remaining 10 aircraft on order to
be all coach.
"We have an interior that will
provide us with a great deal of flex
ibility, ” Bethune said.
“If we decide that we need an all
coach configuration rather than
two classes, we can convert the
interior overnight. If a market
doesn’t materialize, there’s no loss.
We can quickly adapt for another
“Our pilots are very excited about
the new aircraft,’’Captain C.D.
McLean, director-flight training
and technical support, said.
■We think it will be one of the
most fuel-efficient because of its
state-of-the-art computer system.
The auto pilot and flight manage
ment computer system are efficient
and easy to operate. In reality, the
captain can just key in a program
and the computer will fly the plane,
including navigation and auto
One of the primaiy advantages of
the 737-300 is its similarity to the
737-200 in the cockpit. From the
pilot's standpoint, the 737-300 will
physically fly like the 737-200 and
instruction on the new aircraft will
not be as time-consuming or com
plicated as it would be on a totally
By the time the first 737-300
arrives in April, 68 GSO-based
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on the tall section of our first
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