Boeing 737

Aircraft of the Month: Aeromexico Boeing 737-700

Any time we add a new carrier at YVR we like to take a closer look at the aircraft they plan on using for their route. Aeromexico (which begins operation in December at YVR) will be flying a Boeing 737-700. The Aeromexico Boeing 737-700 (pictured above with its old livery) is part of the Next Generation (737NG) series of aircraft, the name given to the 600,700,800, and 900 series of the updated version of the classic 737, which offers passengers a quieter and more fuel efficient aircraft.

These narrow-bodied aircraft are favoured for their reliability and relatively low operating costs. The 737-700 was the first of the Next Generation series when Southwest ordered the variant in November 1993. The variant was based on the 737-300 and entered service in 1998. It replaced the 737-300 in Boeing's lineup, and its direct competitor is the Airbus A319.

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: So many! Aeromexico, China Southern, WestJet, All Nippon Airways, Southwest et. al.
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.

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