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Boeing 717

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AirTran Airways’ 717 aircraft was created with the passenger in mind, resulting in the quietest, most modern and comfortable airplane in the sky today. Showing a commitment to technology and engineering as well as passenger safety, AirTran Airways was the launch customer of the 717 in 1998 and remained a leading customer of the aircraft until the last 717 was delivered by Boeing on May 23, 2006.

Modern and Luxurious Interior

The spacious interior of the 717 provides passenger comfort, whether traveling for business or with the entire family on vacation. The aircraft’s state-of-the-art amenities ensure passenger comfort, from parents with young children to those passengers with special needs.

  • Gogo® Inflight Internet on every plane
  • 18 percent increased capacity with EasyFit overhead storage bins (same storage capacity per person as Boeing’s 747 aircraft)
  • 100 percent fresh air flowing throughout the cabin
  • 117 seats in mixed class configuration – 12 Business Class, 105 coach
  • Three-by-two coach class seating, reducing the number of middle seats
  • Three modern lavatories – one in the forward cabin and two in the rear
  • At least one baby-changing station
  • Moveable armrests on 85 percent of aisle seats for passengers with special needs
  • A curtain closing off the rear lavatory for passengers with special needs

Safety and Environmental Improvements

The 717’s design combines personal safety advancements with the environmentally conscious BR715 engine, created by Rolls-Royce.

  • Environmentally-conscious:
    • – 24 percent better fuel efficiency than similar aircraft
      – 56 percent reduction in low altitude emissions on a seat comparison basis over similar aircraft
  • Significantly reduced noise and exhaust emissions
  • Back-lit handrails along the EasyFit overhead bins

Flight Deck Advancements

The 717’s two-crew flight deck was developed with the most technologically advanced avionics of any aircraft in its class. Pilots from different airlines met with Boeing engineers for nearly two years to design a flight deck that would be as modern tomorrow as it is today.

  • Six interchangeable liquid crystal display screens
  • Two Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
  • Honeywell flight guidance system
  • Dual Flight Management system
  • Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System
  • Predictive windshear detection and guidance systems

Engines and Systems

  • Two advanced Rolls-Royce BR715 high-bypass-ratio engines
  • Significantly reduced noise emissions, making it the quietest cabin environment in its class
  • Average of 24 percent increased fuel efficiency versus DC-9 aircraft
  • More than 60 percent below limits for exhaust emissions
  • Lower fuel consumption – 5 to 8 percent less during cruise
  • Ability to refuel without lifts or ladders
  • Cargo and baggage loading that requires no ground support equipment