Aircraft of the Month: Boeing 737 Next Generation

The Boeing 737 Next Generation, or 737NG, is the name given to the 600,700,800, and 900 series of the updated version of the classic 737, offering customers a quieter and more fuel efficient aircraft.

These popular narrow-bodied aircraft are favoured by many low-cost airlines, including WestJet, for their reliability and relatively low operating costs.  As of April 2012, there were 4,015 Next Generation aircraft delivered with more than 6,200 on order.

One of the most distinctive differences of the Next Generation 737s is the blended winglets.  These wing tip extensions, each measuring eight feet in length and four feet in width at the base, narrowing to approximately two feet at the tip, provide several benefits including reduced fuel burn and increased range.

Operators: WestJet, All Nippon Airways, Southwest
Manufacturer: Boeing
Country: United States
First Flight: February 9 , 1997
Crew: 2
Cruise Speed: 828 km/hr
Height: 12.6 m (41 ft 2 in)
Length: 33.6 m (110 ft 4 in)
Wing Span with Winglets: 35.8m (117 ft 5 in)
Passenger Capacity: 128 (2-class) 140 (1-class)
Maximum Fuel Capacity: 26,020 L (6875 U.S. gal)
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 70,080 k.g. (154,500 lb)
Maximum Range: 3,365 nautical miles (6,230 km)

Did you Know? Approximately 50 gallons of paint are used to paint an average 737. Once dry, that paint will weigh approximately 250 pounds.

YVR Connection: WestJet operates the Next Generation 737 aircraft on its new Vancouver-Chicago and Vancouver-Whitehorse routes, both of which launched this month.

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