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At -30 Degree, Boeing’s 737-200 Takes Off In The ‘Icy’ Canadian Arctic In A Breathtaking Video From The Past – Watch

In a video, an aviation vlogger shared a pitch-black B737-200 making a takeoff in conditions extremely cold weather conditions in the Canadian Arctic. The takeoff shows the peak human avionic achievements as the engine sound silences even the harshest cold and snowy winds.

“Love the classic aviation! Don’t mind standing at -30 degrees outside watching this B737-200 smokey classic takeoff in these harsh conditions,” he tweeted.  

“The B737-200 is one strong plane!” he added, praising the aircraft further. “This is my next vlog on Saturday – Canadian Arctic North Flying Adventure!” Chrono Aviation, a charter company based in Quebec City, Canada, owned the aircraft featured in the video. 

In 2018, the firm acquired two Boeing 737-200 aircraft to its fleet, investing more than $12 million to refurbish them, paint them in the brand’s signature matte black, and build entirely new interiors. 

In the North American aviation industry, Chrono’s striking matte black planes have always stood out.  “Whether in Québec, Canada, or the US, people notice our planes and talk about them,” said Dany Gagnon, Vice-President of Chrono Aviation. 

Old Yet Powerful 

Boeing’s 737 has been a resounding success saga. It is, in fact, the most popular commercial jet to date. It has been in production for almost 50 years and has been regularly modified and updated through numerous varieties. This series also includes the 737-200. 

A large percentage of the oldest passenger aircraft currently operational are Boeing products, such as the first-generation 737s, which first flew in the late 1960s. While the 737-100 is no longer in service, the Boeing 727-200 is still in use by a small number of airlines throughout the world. 

Only 60 737-100 planes were delivered, and it was quickly replaced by the 737-200. This variant offered an enlarged fuselage, which was originally sought by United Airlines, and appeared to be quite popular with 1,095 sales. Another variant was also available, with enhanced aerodynamics, more powerful engines, and increased fuel capacity and range.

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Additional changes were also made to accommodate airline requirements. A Combi version was available for easy conversion to freight use, as well as an ‘Unpaved Strip Kit’ for touching down on gravel runways. 

Boeing introduced the Boeing 737-300, Boeing 737-400, and Boeing 737-500 models in the 1980s, which became known as the Boeing 737 Classic series. The 737 Classics acquired capacity and wing enhancements, as well as CFM56 turbofan engines.

Boeing launched the 737 Next Generation in the 1990s, which featured a remodeled wing, an enhanced cockpit, and a new interior.

The four 737 Next Generation versions are the Boeing 737-600, 737-700, 737-800, and Boeing 737-900ER, with lengths ranging from 102 feet (31.09 meters) to 138 feet (42.06 meters). The 737 Next Generation is also available in a business jet variant from Boeing.

Current Operators

Nolinor Aviation, based in Canada, has the largest fleet of Boeing 737-200 aircraft in the world. The company claims to have the greatest expertise in this type of aircraft. It also has the oldest model, which was handed to the company in 2014.

The Boeing 737-200, which was built in 1974, is currently being used by the airline. C-GNLK is the current registration of the aircraft. This old classic aircraft has been transferred to twelve different owners in a succession. 

Nolinor Aviation also has the second-oldest Boeing in the world. The 737-200 jet, C-GNLE, was built in 1975 and has previously been owned by five other companies, beginning with Aer Lingus. Nolinor Aviation received the aircraft in 2017. 

According to Nolinor Aviation, the C-GNLE was taken into service after over 20,715 hours of upkeep and modifications over 10 weeks, throughout which its cabin was equipped with numerous configurations. 

Nolinor Aviation Boeing 737-200 – Wikimedia Commons

The third-oldest first-generation Boeing 737-200, designated as YV3434, belongs to the Venezuelan government and is flown by Conviasa, the country’s flag carrier. From the day it entered service in 1976 till now, the aircraft has always been used by Venezuelan government agencies.

Another 737-200 plane, EP-AGA, is associated with the Iranian Government. During its service life, it only flew for the needs of Iranian government personnel. The plane was built in 1977 and has already flown for more than 45 years.

Air Inuit, a Canadian airline, is another operator with a Boeing 737-200, having received the plane in 2010. In comparison to the companies listed above, Air Inut’s 737-200 has been flying passenger flights for roughly 44 years.

The aircraft registered as C-GMAI was delivered directly from the Boeing factory to its initial owner, Air Gabon, in 1978. It had previously served with four other airlines. 

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