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Boeing 737 (Series) - United States, 1968

Detailing the development and operational history of the Boeing 737 (Series) Short-to-Medium Range Passenger Airliner / Transport Aircraft.

 Entry last updated on 8/28/2017; Authored by Staff Writer; Content ¬©

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The Boeing 737 series is still used in large numbers all over the world.

The 737 Max 8 is expected to see deliveries begin to customer Southwest Airlines in early 2017. Among the features of the new model jet are its tail, addition of winglets to the mainplanes and all new fuel-efficient engines. Four 'Max' models are planned by Boeing.

The 737 Max 9 is the largest version of the 737 Max family with seating for 220 (single aisle). Its first-flight is scheduled for 2017. The test aircraft was debuted at Boeing's plant in Washington in December 2016. The Max 9 is intended to compete directly with the Airbus A321neo line.

March 2017 - Boeing has inked a deal with Iran (Iran Aseman Airlines) for an order of thirty 737 airliners in MAX configuration.

June 2017 - The 737 MAX 10 was announced at the Paris Air Show 2017. The offering is intended as a bridge product in the single-aisle passenger hauling market and to compete directly with the Airbus A321neo line. Boeing claims some 240 orders for the aircraft from ten carriers. The aircraft can carry up to 230 passengers when arranges in the single-aisle configuration. Key design changes to the 737-10 (MAX 10) include: revised wing mainplanes to accommodate revised main landing gear legs and improvement to low-speed drag reduction, levered main landing gear legs with larger brake units, a 66" stretch of the fuselage with a lighter weight rear section pressure bulkhead, and a new mid-section exit door.

Picture of the Boeing 737 (Series)
Picture of the Boeing 737 (Series)

Boeing 737-100 Specifications

Service Year: 1968
Type: Short-to-Medium Range Passenger Airliner / Transport Aircraft
National Origin: United States
Manufacturer(s): Boeing Aircraft Company - USA
Total Production: 9,522

Structural (Crew, Dimensions, Weights)

Operating Crew (Typical): 2
Overall Length: 93.83 feet (28.6 meters)
Overall Width: 92.85 feet (28.30 meters)
Overall Height: 37.07 feet (11.30 meters)

Weight (Empty): 61,994 lb (28,120 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 110,011 lb (49,900 kg)

Power / Performance (Engine Type, Top Speed)

Engine: 2 x Pratt & Whitney JT8D-5/-7/-9/-17 turbofan engines developing 14,000lb of thrust each.

Maximum Speed: 473 knots (544 mph; 876 kph)
Maximum Range: 2,259 nautical miles (2,600 miles; 4,184 km)
Service Ceiling: 35,105 feet (10,700 meters; 6.65 miles)

Armament / Mission Payload


Global Operators (Customers, Users)

Afghanistan; Algeria; Angola; Argentina; Armenia; Australia; Austria; Bahamas; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Belarus; Belgium; Bolivia; Brazil; Brunel; Bulgaria; Canada; Chile; Taiwan; Colombia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Egypt; Estonia; Ethiopia; Fiji; France; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Honduras; Hong Kong; Hungary; Iceland; India; Indonesia; Ireland; Iraq; Israel; Italy; Japan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Latvia; Libya; Luxembourg; Macedonia; Madagascar; Malaysia; Malta; Mauritania; Mexico; Mongolia; Morocco; NATO; Nauru; Netherlands; New Zealand; Nigeria; Norway; Oman; Pakistan; Panama; Peru; Philippines; Poland; Reunion; Romania; Russia; Samoa; Saudi Arabia; Senegal; Serbia; Singapore; Slovakia; South Africa; South Korea; Spain; Suriname; Sweden; Taiwan; Tanzania; Thailand; Trinidad and Tobago; Turkey; Ukraine; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States; Uruguay; Vanuatu; Venezuela; Vietnam; Yemen; Zimbabwe

Model Variants

Model 737 - Base Series Designation
737-100 - Fitted with 2 x Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7 engines of 19,000lbf; 104 to 118 passengers; 30 examples produced.
737-200; 1,114 examples produced
737-200C - 96 examples produced
737-200 Adv - 865 examples produced
737-300 - 1,113 examples produced
737-400 - Fitted with 2 x CFM International 56-3B-2 engines of 20,000lbf; 159 to 168 passengers; 486 examples produced.
737-500 - Fitted with 2 x CFM 56-3B-1 engines of 20,000lbf; 123 to 132 passengers; 389 examples produced.
737NG ("Next Generation") - Series evolution designation; covering 737-600, 737-700, 737-800 and 737-900 models.
737-600 - Fitted with 2 x CFM 56-7B20 engines of 22,700lbf; 123 to 132 passengers; 68 examples produced.
737-700 - Fitted with 2 x CFM 56-7B26 engines of 26,300lbf; 140 to 149 passengers; 847 examples produced.
737-700ER - Fitted with 2 x CFM 56-7B26 engines of 26,300lbf; 140 to 149 passengers.
737-800 - Fitted with 2 x CFM 56-7B27 engines of 27,300lbf; 162 to 189 passengers; 1,207 examples produced.
737-900 - 55 examples produced
737-900ER - 165 ordered
737-900ER - Fitted with 2 x CFM 56-7 engines of 27,300lbf; 177 to 215 passengers.
737-BBJ1 - 95 ordered
737-BBJ2 - 13 ordered
737 MAX - Series evolution designation; based on previous 737 design model though with CFM International LEAP-1B engines as well as subtle aerodynamic refinements to include winglets for improved efficiency.
737 MAX 7 - Based on the 737-700; based on the MAX 8 design; announced July 2016.
737 MAX 8 - Successor to 737 NG series 737-800 models; stretch fuselage version of MAX 7; increased operational range.
737 MAX 200 - Announced September 2014; high-density model of the 737 MAX 8; seating for up to 200 passengers.
737-8ERX - Proposed model based on the 737 MAX 8; increased MTOW and operational ranges; wing mainplanes, center section and undercarriage from the MAX 9.
737 MAX 9 - Successor to the 737-700, 737-800 and 737-900 series models; stretched fuselage version of MAX 8 model; improved operational ranges.
737 Max 10 (737-10) - Stretched model; larger variant based on the MAX 9 due to market demand.
BBJ MAX 8 (Boeing Business Jet) - Proposed business market passenger model; fitted with CFM LEAP-1B engines.
BBJ MAX 9 (Boeing Business Jet) - Proposed business market passenger model; fitted with CFM LEAP-1B engines.

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Boeing 737 (Series) Cockpit