The Boeing 737-400 in Profile
by Chris Banyai-Riepl
The Boeing 737 is the most successful commercial jetliner in the world, with
over 3000 being flown by airlines on every continent (except Antarctica, of
course). The second generation of 737s replaced the rather loud Pratt & Whitney
JT-8 engines with the more economical and quieter CFM-56 engines, resulting
in the unique squashed nacelle slung under the wing. The 737-400 was the longest
variant of this second generation, and it quickly proved itself to be an excellent
plane for passengers, crew, and the airlines.
737-400 9M-MML Angel Air, Malaysia
This is a rather rare 737 customer, flying mainly in Malaysia. I believe they
have only had this one 737-400, although they have flown some 737-500s as well.
This features a blue and green cheatline that gradually gets larger towards
the rear of the fuselage, with a stylized logo on the tail.
737-48E HL7518,Asiana, Korea
c/n 28053, b/n 2954
Asiana's 737s carry this color scheme
of buff over white, with bright red, yellow, blue and white stripes on the tail.
The wings and stabilizers are finished in BAC gray, while the engine nacelle
737-446 JA8995, Japan Airlines,
c/n 28831, b/n 2911
The crane of JAL is seen on the tail of
this 737, along with the usual BAC gray fuselage stripe ending in a red square.
During the late 1990s the JAL 737s carried a bunch of flowers behind the fuselage
logo, as seen here, with the text "FlowerJET" on a banner around
737-400 B-10001, Taiwanese Air
Airlines aren't the only ones using the
737-400 in Asia, as can be seen by this example, used by the Taiwanese Air Force
to transport heads of state and other dignitaries. The lower fuselage, wings
and stabilizer are in BAC gray, with the upper fuselage in white. The cheat
line is a blue band outlined by two thin blue bands.
737-4U3 PK-GWL, Garuda Indonesia,
c/n 25714, b/n 2535
Garuda Indonesia has a rather striking
scheme for its 737-400s. The plane is overall white, with the wings and tailplane
in BAC gray. The tail is finished in a dark blue and features a stylized representation
of the sacred bird of Hinduism. This bird is repeated on the fuselage just ahead
of the airline titles.
737-4H6 9M-MMF, Malaysia Airlines,
c/n 26466, b/n 2372
This nice red and blue livery is from
the late 1990s. A stylized kite is on the tail and the Malaysian flag is behind
the forward cabin door.
737-400 B-18675, China Airlines,
c/n unk, b/n unk
Arguably one of the prettiest 737s flying
in Asia, the China Airlines livery features a pink flower on the tail with a
lavender background fading to white. This same color is found on the undersides
of the fuselage, while a dark blue and purple stripe angle up on the nose.
737-400 G-OBMM, British Midland,
British Midland has been flying the 737
for several years now, and this example is in the current livery. Originally
the dark gray undersides were finished in the standard Boeing gray, but this
later gave way to a color similar to dark gull gray.
737-430 D-ABKA, Lufthansa, Germany
Lufthansa was the first customer of the
737, getting 737-100s in the late 1960s. The livery has changed a bit over the
years, but not by much. This is the current scheme, featuring a white fuselage
with a Boeing gray lower section. Unlike most Boeing planes, Lufthansa has the
type designation on the forward fuselage in a typeface matching that of their
737-400 OO-CTG, CityBird, Belgium
To my eye the CityBird livery is the prettiest
out of Europe. I really like that dark green and dark gray fuselage, and the
white & orange logos add a nice touch. This particular 737 has a replacement
nosecone, making it a bit unique.
737-430 D-ABMK, Lufthansa Express,
No, this isn't a duplicate of the above
profile, but rather an example of the Lufthansa Express livery. Very similar
to the standard livery, there are two differences. The first, and most obvious,
is the outlined "Express" underneath the Lufthansa title. With the location
of this title comes the second change. The type designation and aircraft name
has been moved from the front of the plane to the rear, next to the rear exit.
737-400 F-GMBR, Virgin Express,
Virgin Express' 737s are finished in this
vivid red scheme, with a white tail and red Virgin logo. This particular plane
was charted by Air Provence, hence the additional fuselage titles. Virgin Express'
737s are registered in several countries, so you can see British, French, and
even Belgian registration codes on these planes.
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