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1974-2004

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Continuing with its fleet renovation and enhancement program, during 1974 four Boeing 737-200 Super Advanced aircraft started operating, besides DC-10 aircraft. Those B737 were introduced in domestic lines and with them VARIG was able to increase the frequency of its major flights in Brazil, thus increasing the offer of seats to its users. The first B737 Super Advanced, PP-VME, came from the factory in Seattle, United States and arrived in Brazil on November 1974. Since then, the company has acquired different series of this aircraft model. When VARIG purchase Cruzeiro airlines, in 1975, B737-200 fleet reached 18 units.
In 80s and 90s, Boeing 737-200 were gradually replaced by the new generation Boeing 737-300. The last B737-200 was finally retired in 2004.

 

VARIG's Boeing 737-200 internal configuration:

1st: 110 seats
Business Class:
12 seats (2+2 seats per row)
Economy Class:
98 seats (3+3 seats per row)

2nd: 109 seats (Economy Class only)

 

 

Constructor

The Boeing Company, USA

Operated units

20

Engine

Two turbines Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17 AR with 16,000 pounds of thrust each.

Wingspread

93 feet

Length

100 feet

Height

36,84 feet

Cruising speed

528 miles/hr.

Flight reach

2,174 miles

Maximum flight altitude

36,419 feet

Cruising radius

04h 30min

Empty aircraft weight

95,015 pounds

Maximum take-off weight

115,519 pounds

Technical crew

03 (2 pilots, 1 flight engineer)

Maximum number of passengers

140

Maximum number of passengers (VARIG’s configuration)

109

Maximum capacity of fuel tank

4,206 gallons

Normal consumption

704 gallons/hr.

Take-off fuel consumption

2,220 gallons/hr.

Maximum cargo capacity

28,665 pounds

Minimum runway length

4,399 feet

Minimum landing strip length

3,799 feet

 

 

 

 

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