Last updated on March 20th, 2023 at 12:54 pm
The Boeing 737 aircraft is perhaps the most popular commercial passenger jet flown around the world. If you are a frequent traveler, chances are you have flown on a 737 at some point.
There are several different models of the Boeing 737 and they all vary in size and the number of passengers it can carry.
The seating configurations on each model are different affecting how many passengers the aircraft can hold.
Keep reading to learn more about the Boeing 737 aircraft and find out how many passengers each model can carry.
How Many Passengers Does A Boeing 737 Hold?
Depending on the model of Boeing 737 aircraft, the number of passengers it can carry will vary. Certain models are larger than others and can have more or less seats based on the seating configuration.
The following is a list of Boeing 737 aircraft along with each one’s seating capacity.
*Note – The following numbers are not the same for all aircraft. Although seating configurations can vary, these are the maximum number of passengers each model can hold.
- Boeing 737-100 – Max seating capacity – 124 passengers
- Boeing 737 -200 – Max seating capacity – 119 passengers
- Boeing 737-300 – Max seating capacity – 143 passengers
- Boeing 737-400 – Max seating capacity – 171 passengers
- Boeing 737-500 – Max seating capacity – 132 passengers
Next Generation models
- Boeing 737-600 – Max seating capacity – 132 passengers
- Boeing 737-700ER – Max seating capacity – 132 passengers
- Boeing 737-800 – Max seating capacity – 189 passengers
- Boeing 737-900 – Max seating capacity – 189 passengers
- Boeing 737-900ER – Max seating capacity – 220 passengers
Fourth Generation models
- Boeing 737 MAX – Max seating capacity – 204 passengers
Boeing 737 seating configurations
Depending on the airline and the aircraft’s intended use, the amount of seats placed on an aircraft can vary.
For example, the standard seating configuration for a Boeing 737 aircraft is two rows of three. This means there is a center aisle running down the middle of the plane with a row of 3 seats on each side.
A Boeing 737-800 aircraft has a maximum passenger load of 189. There are two rows of three seats running to the back of the aircraft. These are all economy seats without a first class section.
If a first class section is added, the maximum number of passengers the aircraft can hold is 166. The first class section can hold 16 seats and economy is reduced to 150 seats.
There is also an option for an economy plus section to be added which can hold 48 seats. In this seating configuration, first class will hold 16 seats and economy can hold 102 seats which totals 166 passengers.
The following video shows the Boeing 737-800 cabin seating layout.
The Boeing 737 Next Generation models are more commonly used by airlines around the world. The Boeing 737-100 series are no longer in operation and very few airlines still operate the Boeing 737-200 and Boeing 737-300 series.