Updated October 2012


United States Navy -- Provides critical logistics support to fleet forces.


The C-40A, a derivative of the Boeing 737-700C commercial airliner, is the newest commercial derivative medium lift aircraft used for Navy Unique Fleet Essential Airlift missions. The C-40A is certified to operate in three configurations: an all-passenger configuration that can carry 121 passengers, an all-cargo configuration of eight cargo pallets, or a combination of three cargo pallets and 70 passengers. The C-40A has a state-of-the-art flight deck, avionics system and engines that are Stage III noise-compliant and certified for extended over-water operations. The C-40As — which provide long-range, high-priority logistical airlift in support of fleet activities — have begun replacing the aging fleet of C-9 aircraft flown by the Naval Air Reserve.


Primary Function: Fleet logistics support
Date Deployed: 2001
Propulsion: Two CFM56-7B24 engines
Length: 110 feet 4 inches (33.63 meters)
Wingspan: 117 feet 5 inches (35.8 meters)
Height: (Tail height) 41 feet 2 inches (12.55 meters)
Weight: Max. gross, take-off: 171,000 pounds (77,564 kilograms)
Airspeed: 0.78 to 0.82 Mach (585 to 615 miles per hour, 940 to 990 kilometers per hour)
Ceiling: 41,000 feet (12,497 meters)
Range: 3,200 nautical miles (3,452 statute miles) with 121 passengers or 36,000 pounds (16,329.325 kilograms) of cargo or with a combination configuration of 70 passengers – 15,000 pounds (6,803.885 kilograms) of cargo
Crew: Pilot, co-pilot and crew chief, flight attendant and/or loadmaster added as required
Prime Contractors: The Boeing Company & CFMI/GE Aircraft Engines

Program Status

ACAT: ACAT II program
Production Phase: In production/operational
Inventory: 12
Projected Inventory: