Baby Boeings in Britain

Boeing scored a big success with its 737-200 twinjet, which gained popularity across the globe. Matt Falcus looks at the UK operators of this early 737.

British Airtours, the leisure subsidiary of British Airways, operated the Boeing 737-200 on European holiday routes.
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In 1967 Boeing was set to release its latest product, the 737, into service. This was an unproven new design that came to market soon after the manufacturer’s popular 727 and few airlines showed much interest prior to its launch. The initial model was the 737-100, a 115-seat variant, that could cover a range of 1,720nm (3,185km) and provided airlines with a smaller, lower-cost alternative to Boeing’s tri-jet.

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