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The Boeing 737 Next Generation, commonly abbreviated as 737NG,[1] or 737 Next Gen, is the −600/-700/-800/-900 series of the Boeing 737 airliner. It is the third generation derivative of the 737, and follows the 737 Classic (−300/-400/-500) series, which began production in the 1980s. They are short- to medium-range, narrow-body jet airliners powered by two engines. Produced since 1996 by Boeing Commercial Airplanes, the 737NG series includes four variants and can seat between 110 and 210 passengers.

Formally launched in 1993, the 737NG is an upgrade of the preceding 737 Classic models featuring a redesigned wing that is larger in area, with a wider wingspan, and greater fuel capacity. It is equipped with CFM56-7 series engines, a glass cockpit, and features upgraded and redesigned interior configurations. Performance and capability upgrades over its predecessor include longer range, greater capacity (in its largest variants), and available higher maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) specifications.

As of 31 January 2019, a total of 7,089 737NG aircraft have been ordered, of which 6,996 have been delivered.[2] The remaining orders are in the -700 BBJ, -800, -800 BBJ and -900ER variants.[2] The most common variant is the -800, which has had over 5,000 delivered as of 2019 and is the most widely used narrowbody aircraft worldwide.[3] The 737NG's primary competition is with the Airbus A320 family. Upgraded and re-engined models in development as the 737 MAX series is to supplant the 737NG, with the first 737 MAX delivered in 2017.

Design and development Edit

Background Edit

When regular Boeing customer United Airlines bought the more technologically advanced fly-by-wire Airbus A320, this prompted Boeing to update the slower, shorter-range 737 Classic variants into the more efficient, longer New Generation variants.[4] In 1991, Boeing initiated development of an updated series of aircraft.[5] After working with potential customers, the 737 Next Generation (NG) program was announced on November 17, 1993.[6] The 737NG encompasses the -600, -700, -800 and -900 variants. The NG program was the most significant upgrade of the airframe to date. The performance of the 737NG would be essentially that of a new airplane, but important commonality would be retained from previous 737 generations.

The wing was modified to increase its area by 25 percent and its span by Template:Cvt. Though a thinner cross-section was created, the total fuel capacity was increased by 30 percent. New quieter and more fuel-efficient CFM56-7B engines were used.[7] These improvements combined to increase the 737's range by 900 nmi, permitting transcontinental service.[6] A flight test program was performed using 10 of the new NG aircraft: 3 -600s, 4 -700s, and 3 -800s.[6]

Interior Edit

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The passenger cabin of a 737 Next Generation aircraft improved on the previous interior of the Boeing 757-200 and the Boeing 737 Classic variants by incorporating select features from the Boeing 777 such as larger, more rounded overhead bins and curved ceiling panels. The interior of the 737 Next Generation also became the standard interior on the Boeing 757-300 and subsequently became optional on the 757-200.

In 2010, the interiors of new 737 Next Generation aircraft would include an updated interior design similar to that of the Boeing 787. Known as the Boeing Sky Interior (BSI), it introduced new pivoting overhead bins (a first for a Boeing narrow-body aircraft), new sidewalls, new passenger service units, and LED mood lighting. Boeing's newer "Space Bins" can carry 50 percent more than the pivoting bins, thus allowing a 737-800 to hold 174 carry-on bags.[8] Boeing also offered BSI retrofits for older 737NG aircraft.[9]

Production and testing Edit

The first NG to roll out was a −700, on December 8, 1996. This aircraft, the 2,843rd 737 built, first flew on February 9, 1997 with pilots Mike Hewett and Ken Higgins. The prototype −800 rolled out on June 30, 1997 and first flew on July 31, 1997, piloted by Jim McRoberts and again by Hewett. The smallest of the new variants, the −600 series, is identical in size to the −500, launching in December 1997 with an initial flight occurring January 22, 1998; it was granted FAA certification on August 18, 1998.[6][10]

Boeing increased 737 production from 31.5 to 35 per month in January 2012, to 38 per month in 2013, to 42 per month in 2014, and is planned to reach rates of 47 per month in 2017 and 52 per month in 2018.[11][12][13]

The monthly production rate could reach 57 per month in 2019, even to the factory limit of 63 later. A single airplane is produced in Boeing Renton Factory in 10 days, less than half what it was only a few years ago. The empty fuselage from Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas, enters the plant on Day 1. Electrical wiring is installed on Day 2 and hydraulic machinery on Day 3. On Day 4 the fuselage is crane-lifted and rotated 90 degrees, wings are mated to the airplane in a six-hour process, along with landing gear, and the airplane is again rotated 90 degrees. The final assembly process begins on Day 6 with the installation of airline seats, galleys, lavatories, overhead bins, etc. Engines are attached on Day 8. It rolls out of the factory for test flights on Day 10.[14]

Further developments Edit

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In 2004, Boeing offered a Short Field Performance package in response to the needs of Gol Transportes Aéreos, who frequently operate from restricted airports. The enhancements improve takeoff and landing performance. The optional package is available for the 737NG models and standard equipment for the 737-900ER.

In July 2008, Boeing offered Messier-Bugatti-Dowty's new carbon brakes for the Next-Gen 737s, which are intended to replace steel brakes and will reduce the weight of the brake package by 550 - (700 lb) depending on whether standard or high-capacity steel brakes were fitted. A weight reduction of 700 lb (kg {{{4}}}) on a 737-800 results in 0.5% reduction in fuel burn.[15] Delta Air Lines received the first Next-Gen 737 model with this brake package, a 737-700, at the end of July 2008.[16]

On August 21, 2006, Sky News alleged that Boeing's Next Generation 737s built from 1994 to 2002 contained defective parts. The report stated that various parts of the airframe produced by Ducommun were found to be defective by Boeing employees but that Boeing refused to take action. Boeing said that the allegations were "without merit".[17] However, a one-year investigation by Al Jazeera's People & Power series in 2010 questions the safety of some structural parts in 737s.[18]

As early 737NG aircraft become available on the market they are actively marketed to be converted to cargo planes via the Boeing Converted Freighter design as the operational economics are attractive due to the low operating costs and availability of certified pilots on a robust airframe.Template:Citation needed

Replacement and re-enginingEdit

Main article: Boeing Yellowstone Project
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Since 2006, Boeing has discussed replacing the 737 with a "clean sheet" design (internally named "Boeing Y1") that could follow the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.[19] A decision on this replacement was postponed, and delayed into 2011.[20]

On July 20, 2011, Boeing announced plans for a new 737 version to be powered by the CFM International LEAP-X engine, with American Airlines intending to order 100 of these aircraft.[21] Internally, a minimum change version of the Leap-X is the probable final configuration for the proposed re-engined 737, and is expected to give a 10–12% improvement in fuel burn. Entry into service was planned for 2016 or 2017, with the new models probably being designated 737-7/-8/-9, being based on the 737-700/-800/-900ER respectively.[22]

On August 30, 2011, Boeing confirmed the launch of the 737 new engine variant, called the 737 MAX.[23] Its new CFM International LEAP-1B engines are expected to provide a 16% lower fuel burn than the current Airbus A320.[24][25] Boeing delivered the first 737 MAX 8 to Malindo Air on May 16, 2017. The 737 MAX competes with the Airbus A320neo family.



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The 737-600 was launched by SAS in March 1995 with the first aircraft delivered in September 1998.[26] A total of 69 have been produced, the last aircraft was delivered to WestJet in 2006.[2] Boeing displayed the 737-600 in its price list until August 2012.[27] The 737-600 replaces the 737-500 and is similar to the Airbus A318.

Winglets were not an option.[28] WestJet was to launch the -600 winglets, but dropped them in 2006.


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In November 1993, Southwest Airlines launched the Next-Generation program with an order for 63 737-700s and took delivery of the first one in December 1997.[29] It replaced the 737-300, typically seating 126 passengers in two classes to 149 in all-economy configuration, similarly to the Airbus A319.

As of July 2018, all -700 series on order, 1,128 -700, 120 -700 BBJ, 20 -700C, and 14 -700W aircraft have been delivered.[2] By June 2018, around one thousand were in service: half of them with Southwest Airlines, followed by Westjet with 56 and United Airlines with 39. The value of a new -700 stayed around $35 million from 2008 to 2018, a 2003 aircraft was valued for $15.5 million in 2016 and $12 million in 2018 and will be scrapped for $6 million by 2023.[30]

The 737-700C is a convertible version where the seats can be removed to carry cargo instead. There is a large door on the left side of the aircraft. The United States Navy was the launch customer for the 737-700C under the military designation C-40 Clipper.[31]


Boeing launched the 737-700ER (Extended Range) on January 31, 2006, with All Nippon Airways as the launch customer. Inspired by the Boeing Business Jet, it features the fuselage of the 737-700 and the wings and landing gear of the 737-800. When outfitted with nine auxiliary fuel tanks, it can hold 10,707 gallons (40,530 L) of fuel, and with a 171,000 lb (77,565 kg) MTOW it has a 5,775 nmi (10,695 km) range with 48 premium seats in one class.[32] The first was delivered on February 16, 2007, to ANA with 24 business class and 24 premium economy seats only. A 737-700 can typically accommodate 126 passengers in two classes.[33] It is similar to the Airbus A319LR.


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The Boeing 737-800 is a stretched version of the 737-700. It replaced the 737-400. The Boeing 737-800 competes with the Airbus A320. The 737-800 seats 162 passengers in a two-class layout or 189 passengers in a one-class layout. The 737−800 was launched by Hapag-Lloyd Flug (now TUIfly) in 1994 and entered service in 1998.

Following Boeing's merger with McDonnell Douglas, the 737-800 also filled the gap left by Boeing's decision to discontinue the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 and MD-90 aircraft. For many airlines in the U.S., the 737-800 replaced aging Boeing 727-200 trijets.

The 737-800 burns 850 USgal (L {{{4}}}) of jet fuel per hour—about 80 percent of the fuel used by an MD-80 on a comparable flight, while carrying more passengers.[34] According to the Airline Monitor, an industry publication, a 737-800 burns 4.88 USgal (L {{{4}}}) of fuel per seat per hour.[35] In 2011, United Airlines— flying a Boeing 737-800 from Houston to Chicago—operated the first U.S. commercial flight powered by a blend of algae-derived biofuel and traditional jet fuel to reduce its carbon footprint.[36]

In early 2017, a new 737-800 was valued at $48.3 million, falling to below $47 million by mid-2018.[37] By 2025, a 17-year-old 737-800W will be worth $9.5 million and leased for $140,000 per month.[38]

As of January 2019, Boeing had delivered 4,965 737-800s, 110 737-800As, and 21 737-800 BBJ2s and has 75 737-800 unfilled orders.[2] The 737-800 is the most popular variant of the 737NG and ranks as the most common narrow-body aircraft in service.[3]

Ryanair, an Irish low-cost airline, is among the largest operators of the Boeing 737-800, with a fleet of over 400 737-800 aircraft serving routes across Europe, Israel and North Africa.[39]

737-800BCF Edit

In February 2016, Boeing launched a passenger-to-freighter conversion program, with converted aircraft designated as 737-800BCF (for Boeing Converted Freighter). Boeing started the program with orders for 55 conversions, with the first converted aircraft due for late 2017 delivery.[40] The first converted aircraft was delivered to West Atlantic in April 2018.[41]

At the 2018 Farnborough Airshow, GECAS announced an agreement for 20 firm orders and 15 option orders for the 737-800BCF, raising the commitment to 50 aircraft. Total orders and commitments include 80 aircraft to over half a dozen customers.[42]

Modifications to the 737-800 airframe include installing a large cargo door, a cargo handling system, and additional accommodations for non-flying crew or passengers.[42] The aircraft is designed to fly up to 1,995 nmi (km {{{4}}}) at a MTOW of 79 tonnes.[43]


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Boeing later introduced the 737-900, the longest variant to date. Because the −900 retains the same exit configuration of the −800, seating capacity is limited to 189 in a high-density 1-class layout, although the 2-class number is lower at approximately 177. Alaska Airlines launched the 737-900 in 1997 and accepted delivery on May 15, 2001. The 737-900 also retains the MTOW and fuel capacity of the −800, trading range for payload. These shortcomings until recently prevented the 737-900 from effectively competing with the Airbus A321.Template:Citation needed


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The 737-900ER (ER for extended range), which was called the 737-900X prior to launch, is the newest addition and the largest variant of the Boeing 737 NG line and was introduced to meet the range and passenger capacity of the discontinued 757-200 and to directly compete with the Airbus A321. An additional pair of exit doors and a flat rear pressure bulkhead increased seating capacity to 180 passengers in a two-class configuration.

It can accommodate up to 220 passengers.[44] Some airlines seal the additional exit. Additional fuel capacity and standard winglets improved range to that of other 737NG variants.

The first 737-900ER was rolled out of the Renton, Washington factory on August 8, 2006 for its launch customer, Lion Air, an Indonesian low-cost airline. The airline received this aircraft on April 27, 2007 in a special dual paint scheme combining the Lion Air's logo on the vertical stabilizer and the Boeing's livery colors on the fuselage. Lion Air has orders for 103 Boeing 737-900ERs as of September 2017.[2]

As of January 2019, 52 -900s, 490 -900ERs, and seven -900 BBJ3s have been delivered with 15 unfilled orders.[2]

With a smaller operator base, the -900ER is not as liquid as other variants: in October 2018, a ten-year-old -900ER was worth $19.4 million and leased for $180,000 per month over eight years, below the -800, while there is a premium for the A321 over the A320. By 2025, a seventeen-year-old -900ER will reach $8.5 million with a $120,000 lease, $1 million and $20,000 less per month than a -800W of the same age, and could be parted out or converted to a freighter.[38]

Military modelsEdit

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Boeing Business JetEdit

Main article: Boeing Business Jet
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In the late 1980s, Boeing marketed the Boeing 77-33 jet, a business jet version of the 737-300.[47] The name was short-lived. After the introduction of the next generation series, Boeing introduced the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) series. The BBJ1 was similar in dimensions to the 737-700 but had additional features, including stronger wings and landing gear from the 737-800, and has increased range (through the use of extra fuel tanks) over the other various 737 models. The first BBJ rolled out on August 11, 1998 and flew for the first time on September 4.[48]

On October 11, 1999 Boeing launched the BBJ2. Based on the 737-800, it is Template:Cvt longer than the BBJ1, with 25% more cabin space and twice the baggage space, but has slightly reduced range. It is also fitted with auxiliary belly fuel tanks and winglets. The first BBJ2 was delivered on February 28, 2001.[48]

The BBJ3 aircraft is based on the 737-900ER aircraft.[49] In January 2014, three 737-900ER aircraft had been configured as BBJ3 business jets for Saudi Arabian customers. The BBJ3 is approximately 16 feet longer than the 737-800/BBJ2, and has a slightly shorter range.Template:Citation needed


Main article: List of Boeing 737 operators

As of July 2018, 6,343 Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft were in commercial service. This comprised 39 -600s, 1,027 -700s, 4,764 -800s and 513 -900s.[50]

Orders and deliveriesEdit

Boeing 737 Next Generation Orders and deliveries
Model SeriesOrdersDeliveries
Commercial JetsTotalUnfilledTotal 2019 2018201720162015201420132012201120102009200820072006200520042003200220012000199919981997
737-600 6969 10336546248
737-700 1,1281,128 24671112743235161101103931098071857596853
737-700C 22220 3212112233
737-700W 1414 2252111
737-800 4,991244,967 8 269397411396386347351292323283190214172104786912616818513365
737-800A 15746111 2 1817181513895132
737-900 5252 6611821
737-900ER 50512493 10 34375273706744241528309
Total 6,938846,854 20 3234554904914824344113653663672843242912081991672132812692531583
Business JetsTotalUnfilledTotal 2019 2018201720162015201420132012201120102009200820072006200520042003200220012000199919981997
BBJ 737-700 1211120 1315274446933381311258
BBJ 737-800 23221 2122121325
BBJ 737-900 77 1411
Total 1513148 1436471056611436101811258
Grand Total 7,089877,002 20 3244554904954854404153723763722903303022122021732232992802781663

Data through February 28, 2019[2]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

Main article: List of accidents and incidents involving the Boeing 737

According to the Aviation Safety Network, the Boeing 737 Next Generation series has been involved in 15 hull-loss accidents and 10 hijackings, for a total of 590 fatalities. The worst one involving the aircraft was Air India Express Flight 812 which crashed in 2010.[51][52][53][54] An analysis by Boeing on commercial jet airplane accidents in the period 1959–2013 showed that the Next Generation series had a hull loss rate of 0.27 per million departures versus 0.54 for the classic series and 1.75 for the original series.[55]


Boeing 737 Characteristics[56]
Variant 737-600 737-700 737-800 737-900ER
Cockpit crew Two
2-class:56–62 108 (8F@36" 100Y@32") 128 (8F@36" 120Y@32") 160 (12F@36" 148Y@32") 177 (12F@36" 165Y@32")
1-class:56–62 123 @32" - 130 @ 30" 140 @32" - 148 @ 30" 175 @32" - 184 @ 30" 177 @32" - 215 @ 28"
Exit Limit[57] 149 189 220
Seat width:67 First : 22in / 56 cm; Economy : 17in / 43 cm
Length:34–41 102 ft 6 in / 31.24 m 110 ft 4 in / 33.63 m 129 ft 6 in / 39.47 m 138 ft 2 in / 42.11 m
Height:34–41 41 ft 3 in / 12.57 m 41 ft 2 in / 12.55 m
Wing[58] Span: 112 ft 7 in / 34.32 m, with winglets: 117 ft 5in / 35.79m;:34–41 Area: Template:Cvt; Sweepback: 25°; Template:Abbr: 9.44
Fuselage:67 Width: Template:Cvt; Cabin width: Template:Cvt; Cabin height: Template:Cvt
OEW:21–24 80,200 lb / 36,378 kg 83,000 lb / 37,648 kg 91,300 lb / 41,413 kg 98,495 lb / 44,677 kg
MLW:21–24 121,500 lb / 55,111 kg 129,200 lb / 58,604 kg 146,300 lb / 66,361 kg 157,300 lb / 71,350 kg
MTOW:21–24 144,500 lb / 65,544 kg 154,500 lb / 70,080 kg 174,200 lb / 79,016 kg 187,700 lb / 85,139 kg
Fuel capacity:21–24 6,875 US gal / 26,022 L 7,837 US gal / 29,666 LTemplate:Efn
Lower deck cargo:21–24 720 ft³ / 20.4 m³ 966 ft³ / 27.4 m³ 1,555 ft³ / 44.1 m³ 1,826 ft³ / 51.7 m³
Takeoff runTemplate:Efn[58] Template:Cvt Template:Cvt Template:Cvt Template:Cvt:159
Flight envelope[57] 41,000 ft (m 0) Ceiling, Template:Cvt MMo
Cruise[59] 0.785 Mach (35,000 knots km/h) 0.781 Mach (35,000 knots km/h) 0.789 Mach (35,000 knots km/h) 0.79 Mach (35,000 knots km/h)
Range[60] Template:CvtTemplate:Efn[59] Template:CvtTemplate:Efn Template:CvtTemplate:Efn Template:CvtTemplate:Efn
Engines (× 2) CFM56-7B18/20/22:126–133 CFM56-7B20/22/24/26/27:134–149 CFM56-7B24/26/27:150–161
Thrust (× 2) Template:Cvt :126–133 Template:Cvt:134–149 Template:Cvt:150–153 Template:Cvt:154–161
Cruise max. thrustTemplate:Efn[61] Template:Cvt (climb)
Engine dimensions[61] Fan tip diameter: Template:Cvt, length: Template:Cvt
Engine ground clearance 18 in / 46 cm:44 19 in / 48 cm:45
ICAO Type[62] B736 B737 B738 B739


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