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Category: Aircraft Types Aircraft Types
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Name 737-900
Manufacturer BOEING
Body Narrow
Wing Fixed Wing
Position Low wing
Tail Regular tail, mid set
WTC Medium
Type code L2J
Engine Jet
Engine count Multi
Position Underwing mounted
Landing gear Tricycle retractable

Also manufacturered as:

BOEING 737-900 BBJ3
BOEING 737-900

BOEING 737-900

BOEING 737-900 BOEING 737-900 3D


Short to medium range airliner. Commercial service expected in 2001. Largest model of the BOEING 737 next generation. All versions have more powerful and efficient engines, improved wings and tail sections and modernized cockpits. The B739 is member of the B737 family of aircraft. Stretched version of the BOEING 737-800 developed in order to compete with the AIRBUS A-321.

Technical Data

Wing span 34.3 m112.533 ft
Length 42.1 m138.123 ft
Height 12.5 m41.01 ft
Powerplant 2 x 116,5 kN CFMI CFM56-7B turbofans.
Engine model CFM International CFM56

Performance Data

Take-Off Initial Climb
(to 5000 ft)
Initial Climb
(to FL150)
Initial Climb
(to FL240)
MACH Climb Cruise Initial Descent
(to FL240)
(to FL100)
Approach Landing
V2 (IAS) 149 kts IAS 165 kts IAS 290 kts IAS 290 kts MACH 0.72 TAS 460 kts MACH 0.79 IAS 290 kts IAS kts Vth (IAS) 145 kts
Distance 2300 m ROC 3000 ft/min ROC 2000 ft/min ROC 2000 ft/min ROC 1500 ft/min MACH 0.78 ROD 1000 ft/min ROD 3500 ft/min MCS 210 kts Distance 1700 m
MTOW 79015 kg Ceiling FL410 ROD ft/min APC C
WTC M Range 2745 NM

Accidents & Serious Incidents involving B739

  • A318/B739, vicinity Amsterdam Netherlands, 2007 (LOS HF) (On 6 December 2007 an Airbus A318 being operated by Air France on a scheduled passenger flight from Lyon to Amsterdam carried out missed approach from runway 18C at destination and lost separation in night VMC against a Boeing 737-900 being operated by KLM on a scheduled passenger flight from Amsterdam to London Heathrow which had just departed from runway 24. The conflict was resolved by correct responses to the respective coordinated TCAS RAs after which the A318 passed close behind the 737. There were no abrupt manoeuvres and none of the 104 and 195 occupants respectively on board were injured.)
  • B739, Akita Japan, 2007 (RE HF) (On 6 January 2007, a Boeing B737-900 operated by Korean Airlines landed at Akita Airport on a taxiway parallel to the in-use runway after a daylight non-precision approach (NPA) using a head-up display (HUD). The crew realised their error during the landing roll.)
  • B739, Pekanbaru Indonesia, 2011 (RE HF) (On 14 February 2011, a Lion Air Boeing 737-900 making a night landing at Pekanbaru overran the end of the 2240 metre long runway onto the stopway after initially normal deceleration largely attributable to the thrust reversers was followed by a poor response to applied maximum braking in the final 300 metres. Whilst performance calculations showed that a stop on the runway should have been possible, it was concluded that a combination of water patches with heavy rubber contamination had reduced the friction properties of the surface towards the end of the runway and hence the effectiveness of brake application.)
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