Among the biggest simmilarity is that they are two aircraft of the same class and in direct competition with each other. In terms of capacity here is how the models compete:
A318 vs 737-600
A319 vs 737-700
A320 vs 737-800
A321 vs 737-900
In all those cases Boeing has a slight edge on seating capacity. Also the Boeings are a little lighter. 737’s also have a slighty better seat per mile cost. In terms of sales, both are more or less equal, slightly favouring Boeing, except for the A321 vs the 737-900, where Airbus has outsold a bit more significantly. Boeing has however sold more 737’s than Airbus 320 family aircraft, due to sales of previous generation 737’s
The 737 was designed very low off the ground as it is adequate to operate out of unprepared airfields, where it can deploy its own inbuilt airstairs. The A320 family of aircraft sit much higher off the ground.
In terms of powerplants, Airbus gives its customers the great advantage of choice! They can chose between the CFM56 or the IAE V2500. While the 737’s all come standard with CFM56’s. Most Airbuses use the CFM56 engines so its fair to say both aircraft actually operate the same engine! This is not entirely true, since they operate different versions of the powerplant, but it is essentially the same engine.
Even though the 737’s have a better economy, there are lots of other factors, which count in the decision of which one to buy. If the airline already operates other Airbus types, such as the A330 or A340, then A320’s will fit in very well and they might save a lot of money on training, since the aircraft have almost identical controls. The conversion from the A340 to A320 is about a week! Boeing is trying to follow that too now, but still their types are not as common.
Well lots of technical differences obviously. But essentially the aircraft have very simillar performances. One notable difference is the Fly By Wire control system on the A320. The aircraft even trims itself! The 737 is a bit less automated and employs a standard control system.
Visually there are lots of differences and I hope you weren’t asking about them.
Hope this all helps a bit!
Physically they are very similar, being low wing twin jet engine passenger aircraft with seating for approximately 160 passengers. The fin shape is the easiest difference to spot at an airport, the Airbus one is straight lined at the leading edge and the Boeing one has a fillet on its leading edge. Generally the Airbus also has wing tip ‘vertical extensions’ and the Boeing does not.
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The Airbus A320 has two engine options IAEV 2500 and the CFM 56. While the Boeing 737 has a sole powerplant from the Series 300/400/500 and next generation 600/700/700ER/800/900/900ER. The 100/200 has Pratt Whitney JT8D engines.
The 737 has sold more aircraft than the Airbus Family by really far.
the 737-900ER has more range but the A321 can fit more passengers
the 737 has much more bigger winglets
both A320 and 737 have winglets
A320 has longer legs
737 have been out longer than the A320
THE 737 is made in the United States
While the A320 is made in Europe and assembled in Toulhouse France
they are both narrow bodies
and are both very ecconmical
LCC / Low Cost Carriers tend to use the Airbus Industrie A320
The A320 family is cheaper than the 737 to purchise
the 737 has marginal trans alantic capibility while the Airbus A320 DOSE’NT have trans alantic capbility
the airbus has a common air frame with A300/A310/A330/A340/A380
While the Boeing has a common air frame with the 707/717 tanker transport not the DC-9 version/727
the 737 has eyebrows which help for the visibility
while the A320 family doesn’t
In addition to everything said above, I would add from a pilot who has flown both that I prefer the yoke control to the side stick, and comparing the Next Gen Boeing to The A320 series, the cockpit is roomier in the Airbus and has more creature features than the Boeing. Over all I would pick the Boeing. Just personal preference.
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Similarities-1)Both uses the same SNECMA CFM-56-7B engine producing 20,000LBS thrust
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Overall length 37.57 m. 123 ft. 3 in.
Height 11.76 m. 38 ft. 7 in.
Fuselage diameter 3.95 m. 13 ft.
Maximum cabin width 3.70 m. 12 ft. 1 in.
Cabin length 27.51 m. 90 ft. 3 in.
Wingspan (geometric) 34.10 m. 111 ft. 10 in.
Wing area (reference) 122.6 m2 1,320 ft2
Wing sweep (25% chord) 25 degrees 25 degrees
Wheelbase 12.64 m. 41 ft. 5 in.
Wheel track 7.59 m. 24 ft. 11 in.
BASIC OPERATING DATA
Engines two CFM56-5 or IAE V2500 two CFM56-5 or IAE V2500
Engine thrust range 111-120 kN 22,000-27,000 lb. slst
Typical passenger seating 150 150
Range (w/max. passengers) 4,800 (5,700) km. 2,600 (3,000) nm.
Max. operating Mach number (Mmo) 0.82 Mo. 0.82 Mo.
Bulk hold volume – Standard/option 37.41 m3 1,322 ft3
Maximum ramp weight 73.9 (77.4) tonnes 162.9 (170.6) lbs. x 1000
Maximum takeoff weight 73.5 (77) tonnes 162 (169.8) lbs. x 1000
Maximum landing weight 64.5 (66) tonnes 142.2 (145.5) lbs. x 1000
Maximum zero fuel weight 61 (62.5) tonnes 134.5 (137.8) lbs. x 1000
Maximum fuel capacity 23,860 (29,840) Litres 6,300 (7,885) US gal.
Typical operating weight empty 42.4 tonnes 93.5 lbs. x 1000
Typical volumetric payload 16.6 tonnes 36.59 lbs. x 1
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