Boeing B737-300 Sabena 'OO-SYA'
The Boeing 737 family :
The Boeing 737 was designed as a 100 seat short haul airliner.
This airplane had a major advantage over it's competitors because it was designed with many of the same features and facilities as the 707 and 727.
It was easy to fit into the airline fleets wich already operated the bigger types. The first flight of the 737-100 type was made on 09/04/1967.
Only 30 planes of this 100 version were build.
A stretched 119 seat 737-200, with as many as 130 seats soon replaced the 737-100. The popularity of the 737 led to a wide range of variants
when it's 16,000 lb thrust engines were replaced with the more powerfull CFM56 turbofans. This led to the expansion of the line to include the 737-300,
wich is 9 feet longer and carries up to 149 seats, followed by the even longer 737-400. This version has seats for 168 passengers and is 129 feet long.
The first 737-400 flew on 29/04/1988. In 1990 the small 737-500 was born.
Sabena NV (Société Anonyme Belge d'Exploitation de la Navigation Aerienne) was from 23/05/1923 untill november 2001 the flag carrier of Belgium.
At the end of the 80's the financial problems of Sabena begun.
In 1995, Swissair purchased a 49 percent stake in SABENA, a move that would bring the airline down in 2001.
After an airline recession and the effects on the airline industry of September 11, 2001, all airlines that flew across the Atlantic suffered badly.
Sabena operated its final flight on November 7, 2001. The company went into liquidation on November 6, 2001.
At that moment Sabena had 6 Boeing 737-300 and 5 Boeing 737-500 types in service.
Only OO-SYA and OO-SYB were painted in the new ‘2000’ color scheme.
The B737-300 'Sabena' plastic scale model is a converted -400 Minicraft model (1/144). The beautifull decals are from DACO.
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