The Boeing 737

The Boeing 737 Series is the biggest selling jet airliner ever built. The aircraft size, configuration, economy, range and reliability have made the series a favourite with airlines around the world. Since the 737 was launched in the 1960s with the 737-100, more than 9,700 orders have been placed. With over 7,100 737s being delivered and more than 5,500 in service today, the 737 represents more than a quarter of the total worldwide fleet of commercial jet airliners. In fact, on average, about 1,700 737s are in the air at all times and one takes off or lands every 2 seconds!

Boeing 737 categories:

  • The Originals: 737-100 and 737-200. Production was from 1971 until 1988.
  • The Classics: 737-300, 737-400 and 737-500. Production was from 1984 until 2000
  • Next Generation: 737-600, 737-700, 737-800 and 737-900. Production commenced in 1996 and continues today.

The Next Generation Boeing 737-800 aircraft is the biggest selling model and has up to 189 seats, compared to just 100 on the original 737-100. It has more efficient CFM56-7B turbo fans; a new, more fuel-efficient wing and larger tail surfaces – all factors that have encouraged airlines to update their fleets. The new flight decks feature new six-panel LCD screens, providing more effective, easier-to-read information. The Next Generation 737-800 and 737-900 are the largest members of the Boeing family. They are distinguished by new fuselage lengths and an extended single-class seating range.

Technical Details:

Power Plants 2 x CFM56-7B26
Maximum Thrust: 116.99kN / 26,300lb
Performance Typical Cruising Speed: Mach 0.785
853km/h (530mph)
Max Certified Altitude: 41,000ft
Range with Full Payload: 2,590nm
4,800km (2,990m)
Max Fuel Capacity: 20,896kgs
26,025l (6,875gal)
Average fuel consumption: 2,000kgs per hour
Weights Operating Empty Weight: 41,145kg
Max Takeoff Weight (MTOW): 79,015kg / 174,200lb
Max Landing Weight (MLW): 65,316kg / 146,300lb
Max Zero Fuel Weight (MZFW): 61,688kg / 136,000lb
Dimensions Wingspan (with winglets): 35.8m / 117.5ft
Overall Length: 39.5m / 129.6ft
Vertical Fin Height: 12.6m / 41.3ft
Cabin Width: 3.54m / 11.62ft
Wing Area: 124.6m2 / 1,341ft2
Capacity Flight Crew: 2
Typical two-class configuration: 162 seats
Max single class seating: 189 seats
Freight Capacity: 6,220kg / 13,710lb
Volumetric Payload: 21,390kg / 47,100lb