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Boeing 737-800

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The Boeing 737-800 is the best-selling version of the successful Next-Generation 737 family.


Known for 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, which 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.

The Boeing 737-800 is the backbone of the Fly VFE fleet, with 18 aircraft currently in service at our main hubs of East Midlands, Birmingham, Frankfurt and Madrid.

Advanced Technology

In April 2009, Boeing and CFM introduced the New CFM56-7BE engine enhancements program to coincide with 737 airframe improvements. The combination reduces fuel consumption by two percent.

CFM’s engine hardware changes will improve airflow, and the engine will run at cooler temperatures resulting in a one percent reduction in fuel consumption. Boeing’s airplane structural improvements will reduce drag, reducing fuel use by about one percent. The combined improvements also equal a two percent reduction in carbon emissions.

The 737-800 incorporates an advanced-technology wing design that helps increase fuel capacity and efficiency, both of which increase range. The advanced wing airfoil design provides an economical cruise speed of .789 Mach (530 mph) – compared to .745 Mach for earlier 737 models. The Next-Generation 737 airplanes are capable of cruising to a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet, compared to 39,000 feet for the competition.

In addition, advanced-technology Blended Winglets are offered as a production option on the 737-800. These eight-foot long wingtip extensions enhance range, fuel efficiency and take-off performance while lowering carbon emissions, engine maintenance costs and noise. Performance benefits include fuel consumption and emissions reductions of up to 3.5 percent.


Aircraft Data

  • ICAO Code:B738

  • Manufacture:Boeing Commercial Airplanes

  • Crew:2

  • Passengers:162

  • Engines:2

  • Max Speed:522 kts

  • MTOW:174,200 lb (79,010 kg)

  • Max Range:3,115 nautical miles (5,765 km)

  • Max Flight Level:41,000 ft

RocketRoute added advanced performance data for the following profiles:

  • Climb (Normal)

  • Cruise (Normal)

  • Descent (Normal)


  • Wing span 34.31m (112ft 7in), length 39.47m (129ft 6in), height 12.55m (41ft 2in). Wing area 125.0m2 (1344sq ft).


  • Typical two class seating for 162 with 12 first class passengers at four abreast and 91cm (36in) pitch and 150 economy class at six abreast and 81cm (32in) pitch. Max single class seating for 189 at 76cm (30in) pitch.


  • Operating empty 41,145kg (90,710lb), max takeoff 70,535kg (155,500lb), high gross weight max takeoff 79,015kg (174,200lb).


  • Two 107.6kN (24,200lb) CFM56-7B24s, or two 121.4kN (27,300lb) CFM56-7B27s on high gross weight versions.

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