Haarlemmermeer - Transavia took the first step to phase out its remaining Boeing 737-700s. The 737-700 registered PH-XRZ flew to the former air force base St. Athan in Great Britain, where it will be dismantled.
The Dutch airline has been operating the Boeing 737-700s since 2001. Before two of them leaving the fleet for TUI fly in Belgium and Jettime in Denmark over time respectively, there were ten Boeing 737-700 in service with Transavia.
The almost sixteen-year-old PH-XRZ, which is also the oldest of three copies owned by Dutch carrier, is now being retired. Other five units of the same type are leased from leasing companies. Their contract terms expire in 2019 and 2020.
From 2020, Transavia will only fly with the Boeing 737-800s. The company currently operates 34 of them. From 2021, the airline targets Boeing's new generation single aisles, the 737 MAX.
St. Athan base is now used as a storage place for discarded planes. Some of them still find a new owner, but most of them are disassembled for reusable parts.