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BOEING 737

The Boeing 737 series is the most-produced and the best-selling large commercial jet airliner in the history of aviation.

 

The 737 has been continuously manufactured by Boeing since 1967 with more than 7,147 aircraft delivered. With approximately 5,500 airplanes still in service, the 737s (Jurassic, Classic and Next-Generation) represent more than a quarter of the total worldwide fleet of large commercial jets flying today.

 

More than 358 airlines in 114 countries fly 737s.

The 737 is a midsize, short- to medium-range, twin-engine narrow-body jet airliner.

 

Originally envisioned in 1964, the initial 737-100 first flew in 1967, and entered airline service in February 1968. It was followed by the lengthened 737-200, which entered service in April 1968. In the 1980s, Boeing launched the −300, −400, and −500 models, subsequently referred to as the Boeing 737 Classic series. In the 1990s, Boeing introduced the 737 Next Generation with multiple changes including a redesigned wing, upgraded cockpit, and new interior. A re-engined and redesigned version, the 737 MAX, is set to debut in 2017.

 

The Next-Generation program has launched in 1993, and the first airplane was delivered on 12th of December 1997. The Next-Generation 737 family is Boeing's only narrow-body airliner in four sizes, with the −600, −700, −800, and −900ER variants currently being built, and they are always improving for operators.

 

The Boeing 737-800 is the best-selling version of the successful Next-Generation 737 family more than 2400 delivered. It is known of its reliability, fuel efficiency and economical performance, the 737-800 is selected by leading carriers throughout the world because it provides operators the flexibility to serve a wide range of markets. The single-aisle jet, with its maximum takeoff weight of 79 tonnes can seat between 162 to 189 passengers, can fly 260 nautical miles farther and consume 7 percent less fuel while carrying 12 more passengers than the competing model.

 

 

Facts:

  • On average, approximately 1,700 Boeing 737 airplanes are in the air at all times.
  • One 737 takes off or lands every 2.3 seconds.
  • The 737 family has flown more than 110.2M flights
  • The 737 family has carried more than 15.6 billion passengers.
  • The 737 has flown more than 106.5 billion miles; equivalent to approximately 573 round trips from the earth to the sun.
  • The 737 family has flown more than 296 million hours; the equivalent to one airplane flying nearly 34,000 years nonstop.
  • On average, there are approximately 394,000 parts on a Next-Generation 737 airplane and about 36.6 miles (59 kilometres) of wire.
  • Typically, about 50 gallons (189 liters) of paint are used to paint an average 737. Once the paint is dry, it will weigh approximately 250 pounds (113 kilograms) per airplane, depending on the paint scheme.
  • The Next-Generation 737 is as long as it is wide, earning it the nickname of the first "square" airplane.

(Source: www.b737.org.uk , www.boeing.com)