The Boeing 737-400
The Boeing 737 is the most successful commercial jetliner
in the world, with over 3000 being flown by airlines on every continent
(except Antarctica, of course). The second generation of 737s replaced
the rather loud Pratt & Whitney JT-8 engines with the more economical
and quieter CFM-56 engines, resulting in the unique squashed nacelle
slung under the wing. The 737-400 was the longest variant of this second
generation, and it quickly proved itself to be an excellent plane for
passengers, crew, and the airlines.
Angel Air, Malaysia
This is a rather rare 737 customer, flying mainly in Malaysia.
I believe they have only had this one 737-400, although they have flown
some 737-500s as well. This features a blue and green cheatline that
gradually gets larger towards the rear of the fuselage, with a stylized
logo on the tail.
c/n 28053, b/n 2954
Asiana's 737s carry this color scheme of buff over white, with bright
red, yellow, blue and white stripes on the tail. The wings and stabilizers
are finished in BAC gray, while the engine nacelle is white.
Japan Airlines, Japan
c/n 28831, b/n 2911
The crane of JAL is seen on the tail of this 737, along with the usual
BAC gray fuselage stripe ending in a red square. During the late 1990s
the JAL 737s carried a bunch of flowers behind the fuselage logo, as
seen here, with the text "FlowerJET" on a banner around them.
Taiwanese Air Force One
Airlines aren't the only ones using the 737-400 in Asia, as can be
seen by this example, used by the Taiwanese Air Force to transport heads
of state and other dignitaries. The lower fuselage, wings and stabilizer
are in BAC gray, with the upper fuselage in white. The cheat line is
a blue band outlined by two thin blue bands.
Garuda Indonesia, Indonesia
c/n 25714, b/n 2535
Garuda Indonesia has a rather striking scheme for its 737-400s. The
plane is overall white, with the wings and tailplane in BAC gray. The
tail is finished in a dark blue and features a stylized representation
of the sacred bird of Hinduism. This bird is repeated on the fuselage
just ahead of the airline titles.
Malaysia Airlines, Malaysia
c/n 26466, b/n 2372
This nice red and blue livery is from the late 1990s. A stylized kite
is on the tail and the Malaysian flag is behind the forward cabin door.
China Airlines, China
c/n unk, b/n unk
Arguably one of the prettiest 737s flying in Asia, the China Airlines
livery features a pink flower on the tail with a lavender background
fading to white. This same color is found on the undersides of the fuselage,
while a dark blue and purple stripe angle up on the nose.
British Midland, Great Britain
British Midland has been flying the 737 for several years now, and
this example is in the current livery. Originally the dark gray undersides
were finished in the standard Boeing gray, but this later gave way to
a color similar to dark gull gray.
Lufthansa was the first customer of the 737, getting 737-100s in the
late 1960s. The livery has changed a bit over the years, but not by
much. This is the current scheme, featuring a white fuselage with a
Boeing gray lower section. Unlike most Boeing planes, Lufthansa has
the type designation on the forward fuselage in a typeface matching
that of their titles.
To my eye the CityBird livery is the prettiest out of Europe. I really
like that dark green and dark gray fuselage, and the white & orange
logos add a nice touch. This particular 737 has a replacement nosecone,
making it a bit unique.
Lufthansa Express, Germany
No, this isn't a duplicate of the above profile, but rather an example
of the Lufthansa Express livery. Very similar to the standard livery,
there are two differences. The first, and most obvious, is the outlined
"Express" underneath the Lufthansa title. With the location
of this title comes the second change. The type designation and aircraft
name has been moved from the front of the plane to the rear, next to
the rear exit.
Virgin Express, France
Virgin Express' 737s are finished in this vivid red scheme, with a
white tail and red Virgin logo. This particular plane was charted by
Air Provence, hence the additional fuselage titles. Virgin Express'
737s are registered in several countries, so you can see British, French,
and even Belgian registration codes on these planes.