British Airways B737-800 Feature Request
What is the Boeing 737-800?
The Boeing 737-800 is a stretched version of the 737-700. It replaced the 737-400. It also filled the gap left by the decision to discontinue the McDonnell Douglas MD-80 and MD-90 aircraft following Boeing’s merger with McDonnell Douglas. For many airlines in the U.S., the 737-800 replaced aging Boeing 727-200 trijets.
The 737-800 seats 162 passengers in a two-class layout or 189 passengers in a one-class layout. It competes with the Airbus A320. It burns 850 US gallons (3,200 L) of jet fuel per hour—about 80 percent of the fuel used by an MD-80 on a comparable flight, even while carrying more passengers than the latter. According to the Airline Monitor, an industry publication, a 737-800 burns 4.88 US gallons (18.5 L) of fuel per seat per hour.
The 737−800 was launched by Hapag-Lloyd Flug (now TUIfly) in 1994 and entered service in 1998. In 2011, United Airlines— flying a Boeing 737-800 from Houston to Chicago—operated the first U.S. commercial flight powered by a blend of algae-derived biofuel and traditional jet fuel to reduce its carbon footprint.
In early 2017, a new -800 was valued at $48.3 million, falling to below $47 million by mid 2018. As of July 2018, 4,858 737-800, 102 737-800A, and 21 737-800 BBJ2 aircraft have been delivered, with 171 unfilled orders. The -800 is the most popular variant of the 737NG, and ranks as the most common narrowbody aircraft in service. Ryanair, an Irish low-cost airline, is among the largest operators of the Boeing 737-800, with a fleet of over 400 aircraft serving routes across Europe and North Africa.
In February 2016, Boeing launched a passenger-to-freighter conversion program, with the aircraft designated the 737-800BCF (for Boeing Converted Freighter). Boeing started the program with orders for 55 conversions, the first converted aircraft was due to be delivered in late 2017. The first converted aircraft was delivered to West Atlantic in April 2018. At the 2018 Farnborough Airshow, GECAS announced an agreement for 20 firm orders and 15 options for the 737-800BCF, raising the commitment to 50 aircraft. Total orders and commitments include 80 aircraft to over half a dozen customers.
Modifications from the 737-800 airframe include installing a large cargo door, a cargo handling system and additional accommodations for non-flying crew or passengers. The aircraft is designed to fly up to 1,995 nmi at a MTOW of 79 tonnes.
What is British Airways?
British Airways ( BA ) is the flag carrier and the largest airline in the United Kingdom based on fleet size, or the second largest, behind easyJet, when measured by passengers carried. The airline is based in Waterside near its main hub at London Heathrow Airport. In January 2011 BA merged with Iberia, creating the International Airlines Group (IAG), a holding companyregistered in Madrid, Spain. IAG is the world’s third-largest airline group in terms of annual revenue and the second-largest in Europe. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the FTSE 100 Index.
BA was created in 1974 after a British Airways Board was established by the British government to manage the two nationalised airline corporations, British Overseas Airways Corporation and British European Airways, and two regional airlines, Cambrian Airways from Cardiff, and Northeast Airlines from Newcastle upon Tyne. On 31 March 1974, all four companies were merged to form British Airways. After almost 13 years as a state company, BA was privatised in February 1987 as part of a wider privatisation plan by the Conservative government. The carrier expanded with the acquisition of British Caledonian in 1987, Dan-Air in 1992, and British Midland International in 2012.
A long-time Boeing customer, BA ordered 59 Airbus A320 family aircraft in August 1998. In 2007 it purchased 12 Airbus A380sand 24 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, marking the start of its long-haul fleet replacement. The centrepiece of the airline’s long-haul fleet is the Boeing 777, with 58 in the fleet. BA is the largest operator of the Boeing 747-400, with 41 registered to the airline. It is a founding member of the Oneworld airline alliance, along with American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, and the now defunct Canadian Airlines. The alliance has since grown to become the third largest, after SkyTeam and Star Alliance.
Why this livery?
I think this livery should be in IF because in my opinion, it looks great and could be useful for short flights in and out of London.