Airbus A321-200 and Boeing 737-900ER: Which is Better?

The A320 and 737 family are immensely popular aircraft, with over 10000 built each. The A320 was introduced by Airbus in the 1980s, and it was seen as the most modern narrowbody back then. The A321 entered service not long after in 1994, as a high-capacity A320 by Airbus with essentially the same cockpit and many others, the only major differences are the lengthened fuselage, reinforced landing gear, double slotted flaps and of course, a higher MTOW. The original A321-100 with a 83t MTOW and 2300nmi range served exclusively as a short haul aircraft, while the bestselling variant of the A321ceo, the 200, had a 93.5t MTOW and a 3200nmi range, allowing it to serve routes that previously couldn't by the A321-100. It can accommodate 185 passengers in a 2-class layout.

The Boeing 737-900ER, the newest and longest of the 737NG, was developed to replace the discontinued 757-200 and compete with the A321-200. It retained the same cockpit as the rest of the 737NGs. The 737-900ER had blended winglets as a standard addition, thus improving efficiency and range compared to the standard -900 which had the same MTOW and range as the -800. It has a 2950nmi range and a MTOW of 85.1t. The 739 can carry 177 passengers in a standard 2-class configuration.


So which is better?

I’d say the A321 wins here. With more powerful engines, more range, higher passenger capacity and a higher MTOW, the A321 is more versatile and can be suited to a wider variety of routes. It is also a better aircraft in terms of passenger comfort (wider seats and fuselage).

Which do you prefer? Comment below!

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To be honest I think you’ve summed it up very well there. Couldn’t have put it better myself. Thr A321 is definitely the winner for reasons stated above.

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You know, there are always some die hard Boeing fans out there. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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Yeah, and your opinion is wrong. Boeing all the way

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The 737-900ER is underpowered

Right @PlanesAndGames?

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Boeing A340-300

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Here’s a little poll to decide:

  • A321
  • 737-900ER

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The 739 is also more likely to experience tailstrikes because of its low tail height, affecting take-off performance because of the low rotation angle needed in order not to damage the tail.

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Also reason for harder landings apparently.

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Yes
If Ryanair bought the 739…

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Also partly why it takes so long to leave the ground on takeoff

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Another reason for that

And apart from the tail of course it’s underpowered

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B739 all the way.

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Underpowered

Just watch the take-off :wink: