Boeing 737 is the long-haul narrowbody airliner which is also the most sold commercial aircraft in the world. The Boeing 737 has long been controversial, considering that it might be less comfortable than the widebody aircraft, whether established or not.
The aircraft series with the definition as long haul has an average range between 5000 to 7000 km that differs with respect to the variant. Due to this range, most commercial aircrafts last upto a maximum of seven hours due to its weight and other limitations.
In 1999, Boeing introduced a VIP variant of 737 with the name of BBJ – Boeing Business Jet series, which demolished all the records in the aviation industry and still retains the title as the ever operated longest 737 flight.
This particular 737 Boeing Business Jet series travelled a striking 13 hours 51 minutes 42 seconds and covered a massive distance of 11,580 km.
Longest Boeing 737 Routes In The World
Within August 10, 2021, and October 30, 2021, the final day in the International Air Transport Association northern hemisphere summer season, the world’s top 10 Boeing 737 routes over 3000 miles are listed below.
The top 10 B737 list is based on the analysis of the schedules information received from OAG:
- SkyUp: Kyiv Boryspil to Zanzibar; 3,926 miles (see below the photo); B737-900ER
- Icelandair: Keflavik-Seattle; 3,622 miles; MAX 8
- Icelandair: Keflavik-Orlando; 3,534 miles; MAX 8
- Copa Airlines: Panama City-Montevideo; 3,385 miles; MAX 9
- Turkish Airlines: Istanbul-Dar Es Salaam; 3,379 miles; MAX 8 and B737-900ER
- Turkish Airlines: Zanzibar-Istanbul; 3,335 miles (via Dar Es Salaam outbound); MAX 8
- Copa Airlines: Panama City-Buenos Aires; 3,313 miles; MAX 9
- Copa Airlines: Panama City-San Francisco; 3,320 miles; MAX 9
- Copa Airlines: Panama City-Rio de Janeiro Galeao; 3,285 miles; B737-800 and MAX 9
- Copa Airlines: Panama City-Porto Alegre; 3,277 miles; B737-800
Copa’s Panama City-Sao Paulo Guarulhos might be the most-served long-haul Boeing 737 flight route if it comes into consideration. It reached an extent of 3,157 miles which didn’t make it into the top 10 B737 list. However, until October 30, 2021, this flight route holds most of the seats (of all routes above 3000 miles).
The More Controversial Route Is SkyUp
SkyUp’s Kyiv Boryspil to Zanzibar route is considered more controversial. It includes a technical stop in Luxor, Egypt, for refuelling despite the fact it ranks first place as the longest B737 route. Due to this, it pushes the block time to Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine, to nearly around 10 hours.
However, if its preferable to exclude SkyUp’s Kyiv Boryspil to Zanzibar route due to its technical stop, then the world’s longest non-stop service by B737 is Icelandair’s Keflavik-Seattle. The Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with 160-seats operates only on three days: August 17, August 24, and August 26. On the other days, it is operated by the B757-200 with one exemption: August 10, when the B767-300ER is in operation.
Single Domestic US Route
With the continuation of the top 10 B737 list, there comes the respectable and single domestic US B737 route in the 11th place which ranges over 3,000 miles. It is United’s Houston to Anchorage route with 3,266 miles, which is just 11 miles shorter to be in the top 10 Boeing 737 list.