Boeing 737 300-500



Country of origin

United States of America

First Flight

9th February 1963

Entered Service

18th September 1959 with Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.


131 727-100

1,260 727-200s


727-200  - Three Pratt & Whitney JT8D -11 or -17 turbofans

727-200 Advanced - Three 68.9kN (15,500lb) Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15  turbofans, later options included JT8D-17 and -17R


727-200: maximum operating speed M0.90 ; service ceiling 42,000ft (9144m) ; max range with reserves 4,040 km (2,510 miles).


727-200: operating, empty 45,178 kg (99,600lb);  maximum takeoff 86,405kg (190,500lb)


727-200: span 32.92m (108ft 6in); length 46.49m (153ft 2in); height 10.36m (34ft 7in)


727-200: 3 flight deck; 189 passengers max; 145 standard layout.

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By 1987, the 737 was the most-ordered plane in commercial history. In January 1991, 2,887 737s were on order and Models 737-300, -400 and -500 were in production. By 1993, customers had ordered 3,100 737s, and the company was developing the Next-Generation 737s the -600, -700, -800 and -900. The Next-Generation 737 models build on the strengths that made the 737 the world's most successful commercial airliner, while incorporating improvements designed for the 21st century.

 Boeing made history again when it delivered the 1,500 th Next-Generation 737 in six years, sooner than any other commercial airplane model. The previous record holder was the family of Classic 737-300s, -400s and -500s, which reached the milestone in 10 years. T he competing A320 family reached that mark in 13 years.