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Heavies' Operating, Payload and Fuel Data in The Microsoft Flight Simulator Franchise

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The recentest versions of the Microsoft Flight Simulator franchise allow to determine the payload and fuel taken aboard a heavy. In the source found on the Internet, of into the FS themselves, specs items vary as do the numbers for each item. We have gathered, for the most used heavies in the Microsoft Flight Simulator franchise, data available and tried to make them something useable. Such data will be of used in calculating load and fuel data for a flight. A second table is giving more useable data in terms of operating a plane, like the typical seating, speed, range, etc. For both tables, alternate in brackets as brackets used for non-alternate data are defined as such

PlaneBasic, or Operating Empty Weight (in lb)Max. Zero Fuel Weight (in lb)Max Takeoff Weight (MTOW) (in lb)Max. Fuel Capacity (US gal)Max. Cargo Capacity (in m3 (cu ft), in lb)Typical Seating
Boeing 737-40069,000-74,170 113,000138,500-150,0005,31123.3-38.9 (822-1,373), 40,256108-146 2-class (179) (149-189 max.)
Boeing 737-80080,200-98,500174,170144,500-187,7006,87521.4-52 (756-1,835), 45,282108-177 2-class (130-220 max.)
Boeing 747-400 Passengers393,263554,991875,000 (815,000)57,285170.5 (6,025), 155,690565-660 1-class, 496 2-class, 412 3-class
Boeing 747-400 Cargo356,000610,000800,00053,800738.1 (26,067) (typical)na
Boeing 777-300353,800495,003660,000 (620,000)45,220216 (7,640), 145615386 (368) 3-class, 451 (479) 2-class, 550 max. 1-class)
the cargo payload of a Boeing 747-400 freighter is typically dispatched between a main deck (palletts), 2 forward (pallets and LD-1s) and 2 aft options (pallets and LD-1s)
cockpit crew is typically 2 for all those heavies; cabin crew variable and might be, for example: 4 (734), 6 (738), 20 (747), 17 (777); a second cockpit crew may be available on long haul cargo flights for a crew shift


PlaneMax. Range at MTOW (in NM)Cruising Speed (in Mach)Service Ceiling (in ft)Required Runway at Takeoff at MTOW (standard temperature, in ft)Required Runway at Landing (standard temperature, in ft)
Boeing 737-4002,270-2,400 (2,800)0.7437,0007,550-8,500 (8,470)5,134
Boeing 737-8003,050-5,510 (4,000) 0.7841,0005,249-9,8435,447
Boeing 747-400 Passengers7,260-8,350 (6,177-7,019).8545,8009,902 (10,066)7,266
Boeing 747-400 Cargo7,260-8,350 (6,177-7,019).8545,8009,902 (10,066)7,266
Boeing 777-3004,050-5,940.8443,67012,3336,000

Check, further our 'Tweaking Payload Stations for FSX Original, or Imported Heavies' tutorial, where you will see some tweaking of the load stations in the aircraft.cfg file of a given plane, allowing for more realism with a flight load calcultation!

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