Model: Boeing 717
The 717-200 is the newest member of the Boeing commercial jet airplane family. Introduced to the world in October 1995 as the McDonnell Douglas MD-95, the Boeing 717-200 twinjet is the product of a global program launched to serve a growing worldwide market that demands full-size jetliner comfort, low operating costs, and high schedule reliability.
With 106 seats, the 717-200 fits this new market perfectly. It has been designed specifically for efficient short-hop service, short-field operations, fast turnaround at airport gates, and the ability to sustain 8 to 12 one-hour flights every day, day after day. The 717-200 can easily serve the routes in this market, which average 300 miles or less.
The 717-200 is in final assembly in Long Beach, California, at the Long Beach Division of the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group. The 717-200 represents the combined efforts of a global team of supplier-partners in North America, Europe and Asia working toward a single goal: to produce a new airplane with the highest quality at the lowest possible acquisition cost.
Launch customer AirTran Airways is scheduled to begin taking deliveries in summer 1999. Eighteen airlines in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East contributed their experience to the design of the 717-200. Passengers and cabin crews will enjoy the 717-200's spacious, all-new interior featuring five-across economy-class seating, illuminated handrails, spacious overhead luggage bins for carry-on baggage, the largest windows of any 100-seat jetliner and vacuum lavatories.
The two-crewmember cockpit incorporates the industry's most modern and proven avionics technology, configured around six interchangeable liquid crystal display units similar to those on the 737 and 777. Flight deck features in the 717-200 include an Electronic Instrument System, a dual Flight Management System, Category IIIa standard automatic landing capability, and a Central Fault Display System. As on all Boeing airplanes (and 95% of the world's airplanes), flight is controlled with standard wheel and column controls that are interlinked and back-driven.
A pair of advanced BMW/Rolls-Royce BR715 high-bypass-ratio engines will power the 717-200. The BR715 engine is rated at between 18,500and 21,000 pounds of takeoff thrust, with lower fuel consumption, reduced exhaust emissions and significantly lower noise levels than the power plants on comparable airplanes.
With a wingspan of 93.3 feet (28.4 m) and overall length of 124 feet (37.8 m), the 717-200 is similar in size and configuration to the previous DC-9 Series 30. Basic maximum takeoff weight for the 717-200 will be 114,000 pounds (51,710 kg) compared with 108,000 pounds (48,988 kg) for the DC-9. Nonstop range for the basic version will be 1,580 miles (1,370 nmi (2,545 km)).
The 717-200 strengthens the Boeing product line with a smaller, lighter model optimized for the emerging regional market. The 100-seat Boeing 717-200 is positioned in the heart of the 80- to 120-seat regional market, which is projected to require 2,500 airplanes over the next 20 years.
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