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Southwest celebrates retirement of last Boeing 737-200.

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Southwest Airlines has celebrated the retirement of its last Boeing 737-200.

The airline was founded with this aircraft type 33 years ago. The Southwest chairman, Herb Kelleher, its CEO, Gary Kelly, and its President, Colleen Barrett, dressed in pyjamas and robes, as well as employees from across its system, were present at an early-morning event to say farewell to N95, a 737-200 that is ending a 21-year career at Southwest.

N95 reportedly joined Southwest's fleet of 45 aircraft in May 1983. The airline now has a fleet of 419 Boeing 737s. Southwest provided some facts about the 21-year career of Aircraft N95: it has flown approximately 7,600 days and the total projected aircraft hours at retirement were 67,402 while the total projected cycles (take-offs and landings) were 73,922. The aircraft flew 38,846,919 miles (which equals to the moon and back 81 times) and staff on board the aircraft gave out 5,210,568 bags of peanuts.

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Date:Jan 18, 2005
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