The B-737 Aircraft Changes over Time
Friday, April 15, 2011
The most popular commercial passenger aircraft in the world, in terms of number of these aircraft in operation today, is the Boeing 737. The B-737 was first built in 1967. However, much has changed with this aircraft since then.
In 1967, it could carry about 100 passengers 2,775km (1,725 miles) without refueling. Today, the latest model, the B737-800 can carry nearly 200 passengers -- and for approximately 5,550km. Not only can the aircraft carry more people and fly farther, it can also do so while burning 23% less fuel. On a per-seat basis, this is really 48% less fuel, given that more passengers now fly in each aircraft.
How can that be? Lighter weight aircraft, more efficient turbofan engines, aerodynamic enhancements, plus the development of significantly more sophisticated flight-management systems have allowed these impressive improvements.
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