Boeing 737-600 Makes First Flight

Date:         24 Jan 98 14:46:40 
From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Organization: Chicago Software Works, Menlo Park, California
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The 737-600, the third and smallest member of Boeing's third-generation
737 lineup, made it's maiden flight last Thursday.  Boeing's press
release on the event follows.  It can also be found on the web at

 -- Karl

SEATTLE, Jan. 22, 1998 -- The Boeing 737-600 -- the smallest member of
the Next-Generation 737 airplane family -- made its first flight today,
with Boeing Capts. Mike Carriker and Ray Craig at the controls.

At 10:16 a.m. PST, the 102-foot, 6-inch 737-600 took off from Renton
Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash. After heading north over Lake
Washington, the pilots flew the newest member of the 737 family north to
the Strait of Juan de Fuca to conduct a series of flight tests. Two
hours and 28 minutes later, the airplane landed at Boeing Field in

"The first flight of the last of the members of the original
Next-Generation 737 family is very satisfying and is a testament to
several years of hard work and dedication by many Boeing employees,"
said Jack Gucker, 737/757 Derivative Programs vice president. "It is
also a milestone that exemplifies The Boeing Company's commitment to
provide a high-value family of airplanes that will meet all customers'

During the flight, Carriker and co-pilot Craig conducted a series of
tests on the airplane's systems and structures. Using flight-test
equipment on board the aircraft, information from the tests was recorded
and transmitted back to Flight Test personnel working in the control
room at Boeing Field. The same team of specialists later will analyze
the data.

"It was a great flight." said Carriker. "The airplane flies just like
the 737-700 and -800, which is just what we wanted. Now we can proceed
without delay to the rest of the flight-test program."

The 737-600 is equivalent in size to the current 737-500 and provides
seating for 110 to 132 passengers. Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) launched
the 737-600 in March 1995 with an order for 35 airplanes and added six
more in October of that year.

With today's flight, the 737-600 begins a seven-month flight-testing and
certification program. Eventually, the program will include two
additional -600 airplanes. Together, the three aircraft will conduct
more than 550 hours of flight tests prior to certification in July and
delivery to SAS shortly thereafter.

In addition to the 737-600, the Next-Generation 737 airplane family also
includes the 128-to-149-seat 737-700, 160-to-189-passenger 737-800, and
the recently launched 177-to-189-passenger 737-900.

Changes from current-production 737s include a new and larger wing,
higher cruise speed, more range, and new engines with improvements in
noise, fuel burn and thrust. These improvements allow the
Next-Generation 737-600/-700/-800/-900 family members to fly higher,
faster and farther than current 737s.

The 737 -- a short-to-medium-range airplane -- delivers value to
airlines in the form of reliability, simplicity, and reduced operating
and maintenance costs. In addition, the Next-Generation 737 airplane
family offers crew commonality with previous 737s.

The 737-600/-700/-800/-900 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. In
addition, the new engines benefit the environment through lower

In addition to commercial airplanes, Boeing also offers a business jet
derived from the 737-700. With auxiliary fuel tanks, the business jet
can fly more than 6,000 nautical miles. The business jet is sold and
marketed through Boeing Business Jets, a joint venture formed this
summer between The Boeing Company and the General Electric Co.

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