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Boeing 737-800

Boeing 737-800


The 737 is a narrow body aircraft produced by Boeing. Narrow body means that it is a narrow aircraft type, with an average of about 6 seats per row and 1 aisle in economy. It is a twin-engine jet aircraft.

The first version of the Boeing 737, the 737-100, was designed in 1964 and entered service with Lufthansa in February 1968. The extended 737-200 entered service in April 1968. The family of aircraft now consists of four generations with variants ranging from 85 to 215 passengers. The latest version is the 737 MAX.

By June 2022, 15167 Boeing 737s had been ordered and 11066 delivered. By 2013, the global 737 fleet had flown more than 184 million flights in 264 million hours since it went into service. It was the best-selling passenger aircraft until it was overtaken by the rival Airbus A320 family in October 2019.

Brand Boeing
Type 737-800
Pilots 2
Passengers 128
Maximum Take Off Weight 85000 kg
Empty weight 44677 kg
Payload 40323 kg
Cruising speed 453 knots (839 km/h)
Maximum distance 5575 km
Fuel consumption 3000 l/hour
Fuel Capacity 29670 liter
Maximum altitude 41000 feet (12497 m)
Span 34.3 m
Height 42.0 m
New price € 47,000,000 (2018)
ICAO code B738

These specifications are intended to give you an idea of the Boeing 737-800. They cannot be used for flight preparation. Often there are many different types of aircraft released with varying specifications and prices. Check the Pilot Operating Handbook (POH) if you want to know the exact values of the aircraft you are going to fly. Your flight instructor will be happy to help you with this.

Frequently asked questions about the Boeing 737-800

How far can a Boeing 737-800 fly?

The range is about 5,575 kilometres. The distance also depends on how fast you fly and whether there is much wind. A possible diversion to another airport is also taken into account.

How much does a Boeing 737-800 consume?

Without wind, the Boeing 737-800 consumes about 358 litres per 100 km, which is about 1 in 0.3. The consumption depends on how fast you fly. Usually the consumption is indicated at the cruising speed. For this aircraft it is on average about 839 km/hr with a consumption of about 3000 litres per hour.

How much does a Boeing 737-800 weigh?

Empty the aircraft weighs about 44,677 kg. Including fuel, passengers and baggage, the aircraft must not weigh more than 85,000 kg. The maximum amount of fuel, passengers and baggage that can be carried is 40,323 kg.

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About Eveline van den Boom

The author of this article is Eveline van den Boom. In 2006, she received her first flying lesson as a birthday present; a beautiful flight over Rotterdam. That tasted like more!

In 2010, she got her PPL licence in Lelystad. In 2011, an aircraft was purchased: an Aero AT-3. This aircraft is still flying in the fleet with callsign PH-EVB.

She wrote the theory books "Theory of Flying" and "Theory helicopter flying". These can be ordered with your flying lesson and are also separately for sale on

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