The Boeing 717 was specifically designed for the short-haul, high frequency 100-passenger airline market. The highly efficient 717 concluded its production run in May 2006, though the airplane will remain in service for years to come.
Final assembly of the 717 took place at the Boeing plant in Long Beach, Calif. The airplane was originally part of the McDonnell Douglas airplane family and designated the MD-95 prior to merger with The Boeing Co. in 1997. The program produced 156 717s and pioneered breakthrough business and manufacturing process for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
The standard 717 has a two-class configuration with 106 seats. Its passenger-pleasing interior features a five-across-seating arrangement in economy class, with illuminated handrails and large overhead stowbins.
The two-crew flight deck incorporates six interchangeable liquid-crystal-display units and advanced Honeywell VIA 2000 computers.
Flight deck features include an Electronic Instrument System, a dual Flight Management System, a Central Fault Display System, and Global Positioning System. Category IIIb automatic landing capability for bad-weather operations and Future Air Navigation Systems are available.
Two advanced Rolls-Royce 715 high-bypass-ratio engines power the 717. The engine is rated at 18,500 to 21,000 pounds of takeoff thrust, with lower fuel consumption and significantly lower noise and emission levels than the power plants on comparable airplanes.
The 717 wing span is 93.3 feet (28.4 meters) and overall length is 124 feet (37.8 meters). Maximum takeoff weight for the 717 is 110,000 pounds (49, 895 kg). Nonstop range goes up to 1,647 statute miles (1,430 n.mi. / 2,645 km).