Market Presence. In developing the B737NG Boeing created another more than capable product. Range, operating costs and interior flexibility have all been addressed. However, the market for the -600 has changed and the A318 represents an extremely competitive alternative. The range performance of the higher gross weight -600 examples has been greatly increased. The -600 is now able to fly over 3,200nm compared to the 2,420nm of the -500.The basic range of the -500 and -600 remain comparable except that the MTOW of the new version is some 8,000lbs higher. A number of operators simply do not require long range capability.
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