AirWillie6475 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2448 posts, RR: 1 Posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2282 times:
How is it that the BBJ has a range twice of the regular 73G? Does having only 18 passengers make that much of a difference or is it because the BBJ has a completely different fuel system? That being said, why doesn't anybody start an airline using the BBJ 737 carrying 120 people from the U.S to Europe? I'm thinking of a Southwest/Ryan Air type of airline. You can offer 33 inches on all the seats and $400 R/T tickets instead of the $600-1000 you pay for Int flights. Plus the passengers could bring their own food and entertainment.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2277 times:
The forward and aft cargo bays of the BBJ have been converted to integral fuel cells (instead of holding luggage as they do in the regular 737).
For a service using only a few passengers that's no problem, there's enough space to store their suitcases on board.
For a hundred or more, it does become a problem (and indeed the extra weight in the cabin means less usable weight for fuel of course as well).