Boeing 717 Specs and Description

Aircraft Description


The Boeing 717 is a quieter, more fuel efficient 18th iteration of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9. The Boeing B717 Business Express is derived from the MD-95 developed in 1995 which was acquired by Boeing and re-designated the Boeing B717. It is a twin-engine passenger airliner known for its range as well as its low operating costs. The B717 Business Express is designed to make high-volume business travel more efficient.


The Boeing B717 Business Express is powered by two Rolls-Royce Deutschland BR-715A1 engines rated at 18,500 pounds of thrust each. The optional BR-715C1 engines produce 21,000 pounds of thrust each and lower the distance required on takeoff significantly. The BR-715C1 engines are, however, more expensive and raise the operating costs slightly.


The Boeing B717 Business Express features the Advanced Common Flightdeck (ACF) which was originally developed for the DC-10 and MD-11. The ACF reduces the workload in the cockpit and eliminates the need for a second officer. The B717 Business Express’ cockpit has far fewer switches than other airliners such as the MD-80 because of the ACF system. The ACF also features the Versatile Integrated Avionics system which increases reliability and reduces weight and power consumption. Six 8×8 inch LCD displays provide the crew with clear and concise information on the aircraft systems. A “status” page provides a brief overview of the desired system. The “consequences” page provides a list of actions the crew must take in the event of a system failure.

Design Features

The Boeing B717 Business Express has the ability to operate out of smaller airports that planes such as the BBJ cannot. At 37,000 feet, the B717 Business Express also features a 2000 foot higher ceiling than the standard B717. The B717 Business Express is also designed for greater fuel efficiency and passenger comfort.


The Boeing B717 Business Express is available straight from the production line with no interior installed. It is also available with the factory installed cabin layout which includes 15 rows of first/business class seats. The seats measure 19.5 inches wide and can be spaced as far as 52 inches apart. Laptop power outlets and internet connections are also available for each seat. The B717 Business Express also includes larger overhead storage bins and a total of 1,204 cubic feet storage area. The large internal cargo bay eliminates the need for much carry-on baggage.

General 717 VIP, B717-200
Category Jet < 20,000 lbs.
Years Aircraft Manufactured 2003-current
Serial Number Range N/A
Retail High Price $38,000,000.00 / 29,818,600.00€
Retail Low Price $38,000,000.00 / 29,818,600.00€
Characteristics 717 VIP, B717-200
Seating 4+15/134
Wing Loading 120.9
Power Loading 2.8
Noise(EPNdB): Takeoff/Sideline/Approach 82.1/91.5/91.6
External Dimensions (ft) 717 VIP, B717-200
External Length 124.0
External Height 29.1
External Span 93.3
Internal Dimensions (ft) 717 VIP, B717-200
Internal Length (Overall/Net Height) 76.9/76.9
Internal Height 6.7
Internal Width (Max/Floor) 10.3/9.5
Baggage 717 VIP, B717-200
External: Cu.Ft./Lb. N/A
External: Cu.Ft./Lb. 530/-1
Power 717 VIP, B717-200
Engines 2 RR BR700-715-C1-30
Output (lbs ea.)/Flat Rating 21,000/ISA+15c
Inspection Interval OC
Data based on latest manufactured year