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Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 Reaches 90-Percent Design Release

SEATTLE, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boeing Next-Generation 737 program marked a major engineering milestone today as the new 737-800 model reached its 90-percent product definition release.

This means that nearly all of the information necessary to build parts and tools for assembly has been completed and released to manufacturing organizations for fabrication and procurement.

"The milestone is important because it signifies the 737-800 has made the transition from the development phase to the production phase," said Jack Gucker, 737/757 Derivatives vice president.

The 737-800 is the second member of the Next-Generation 737 family, which also includes the 737-600 and -700 models. The -800 is a stretched version of the current 737-400 and is capable of carrying 160 to 189 passengers. It follows the -700 model, which is the first of the new models to roll off the Boeing Renton, Wash., production line. With 128 to 149 seats, the -700 is equivalent in size to the current 737-300, but is capable of greater range. It makes its world premier during a companywide celebration Sunday, Dec. 8.

The 737-600 is the smallest member of the Next-Generation family and is equivalent to the current 737-500. The -600 will carry 108 to 132 passengers and currently is at more than 30-percent product definition release.

The 737-800 was launched in September 1994, with an order for 16 airplanes from Hapag-Lloyd of Germany. Hapag-Lloyd will take delivery of the first 737-800 early 1998. Southwest Airlines launched the 737-700 in November 1993 with an order for 63 airplanes. Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) ordered 35 737-600s in March 1995. Deliveries to SAS will begin in the second half of 1998.

Modifications to the wing and engine will provide improved fuel capacity, fuel efficiency, speed and range. The total wing area will be increased by 25 percent to 1,340 square feet (125 square meters), providing 30 percent more fuel capacity for a total of 6,878 U.S. gallons (26,136 liters).

The airplane's range will be approximately 3,000 nautical miles (3,454 statute miles or 4,847 kilometers), an increase of up to 900 nautical miles over current production 737s. This will allow U.S. transcontinental flights and increased 737 route capability throughout the world.

The aircraft will cruise at a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet -- compared to 37,000 feet for the current 737 -- with a cruise speed of .79 Mach (about 660 mph), compared to .745 Mach for today's 737s. The aircraft's sprint capability is .82 Mach.

The 737-600/-700/-800 models are powered by new CFM56-7 engines produced by CFMI, a joint venture of General Electric of the United States and Snecma of France. The CFM56-7 will have a 10 percent higher thrust capability than the CFM56-3C engines that power today's 737s. To take additional advantage of

the engine's increased thrust, the new 737's vertical fin and horizontal stabilizer are being enlarged.

Since the Next-Generation 737 product line was launched in 1993, 21 airlines worldwide have ordered a total of 501 new 737-600/-700/-800 models, setting a new aviation industry record for airplane sales before rollout.

SOURCE Boeing Commercial Airplane Group
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