I just noticed that tonight’s Continental Flt. 609 from KCLE-KSFO is a 737-300. I know the 733 is a short-medium range airliner, so I checked the specs for it, and its range is listed around 1900 nm. This route measures out to 2157 nm AGAINST the jet stream. They also flew a 733 on July 9, although the “norm” is a 73G or 738, which are certainly better suited for such a route. I realize that modifications can be made, but that seems like an awful long haul for this type. If someone had told United that the 733 could fly that kind of distance, maybe they wouldn’t have bought all those A320s!!
Anyhow, know of any other routes that “push the envelope” of a 733, or any other short-range airliner? Another example I can think of is Continental’s non-stops from KCLE to Gatwick using 752s (The return flight is the REAL stretch).