A Boeing 737 typically has between 130 and 160 seats, though this depends on the variant and the airline it’s used by.

The best seats on a Boeing 737 may vary by their row and location according to both variant and airline, but are always those that can recline and have extra legroom. Conversely, the worst seats are those that can’t recline, have limited legroom and may not even have a window on the row.

Let’s take a look at how many seats a Boeing 737 has by its variant and airline.

How Many Seats Does a Boeing 737 Have? (By Variant and Airline)

Delta Airlines

Boeing 737-700

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 124
  • First Class: 12
  • Business Class: 18
  • Economy: 94

Best Seats:

  • Row 10 seats have extra legroom

Seats to Avoid:

  • 13A and F have no windows, and row 28 seats have no recline.

Boeing 737-800

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 160
  • First Class: 16
  • Business Class: 36
  • Economy: 108

Best Seats:

  • Row 18 B, C, D and E because of extra legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • 13A and 15A have no windows. Seats 16A and 16F, and seats on row 33 can’t recline.

Boeing 737-900ER

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 180
  • First Class: 20
  • Business Class: 21
  • Economy: 139

Best Seats:

  • Seat 21A and 21F because of extra legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • Seat 15A has no windows, and seats on row 36 can’t recline.

Southwest Airlines

Boeing 737 MAX 8

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 175
  • First Class: 0
  • Business Class: 0
  • Economy: 175

Best Seats:

  • Seats 2A, 2B and 2C have extra legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • Seats on row 30 as they can’t recline.

Boeing 737-700

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 143
  • First Class: 0
  • Business Class: 0
  • Economy: 143

Best Seats:

  • Row 12 seats have extra legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • Seat 7A and 8F have no windows, and row 24 seats can’t recline.

Boeing 737-800

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 175
  • First Class: 0
  • Business Class: 0
  • Economy: 175

Best Seats:

  • Seat 2A, 2B and 2C due to extra legroom, and row 16 because of extra legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • Seat 9A and 10F have no windows, and row 30 seats can’t recline.

Alaska Airlines

Boeing 737-700

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 124
  • First Class: 12
  • Business Class: 18
  • Economy: 94

Best Seats:

  • Row 6 and 17 seats have extra legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • Seat 9A and 9F have no windows, and row 28 seats can’t recline.

Boeing 737-800

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 159
  • First Class: 12
  • Business Class: 30
  • Economy: 117

Best Seats:

  • Row 6 and 17 seats have extra legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • Seat 10A has no windows, and row 31 seats A,B,C, and row 32 seats can’t recline.

Boeing 737-900

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 178
  • First Class: 16
  • Business Class: 24
  • Economy: 138

Best Seats:

  • Row 17 seats have extra legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • Seat 11A has no windows. Row 32 and 34 seats have no recline, and seat 33D has limited movement due to being next to the lavatory.

American Airlines

Boeing 737 Max 8

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 172
  • First Class: 16
  • Business Class: 30
  • Economy: 126

Best Seats:

  • Row 17 seats have extra legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • Seats 12A and 12F have no windows, and row 33 seats can’t recline.

Boeing 737-800 Layout 1

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 160
  • First Class: 16
  • Business Class:30
  • Economy: 114

Best Seats:

Row 15 seats have extra legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • Seat 10A has no windows, and row 30 seats can’t recline.

Boeing 737-800 Layout 2

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 160
  • First Class: 16
  • Business Class:30
  • Economy: 114

Best Seats:

  • Row 17 seats have extra legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • Seats 12A and 12F have no windows, and row 33 seats can’t recline.

United Airlines

Number of Seats:

Boeing 737 Max 9

  • Total Seats: 179
  • First Class: 20
  • Business Class:42
  • Economy: 117

Best Seats:

  • Row 21 seats have extra legroom, and Seats 7E and 7F are premium and have additional legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • Row 39 seats can’t recline.

Boeing 737-700 Domestic 1

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 118
  • First Class: 12
  • Business Class: 40
  • Economy: 66

Best Seats:

  • Seats 1A and 1B are premium with extra legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • Seats 10A, 11A, 10F, and 11F have no windows, and row 32 seats can’t recline.

Boeing 737-700 Domestic 2

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 126
  • Business Class: 12
  • Business Plus Class: 36
  • Economy: 78

Best Seats:

  • Row 21 seats have extra legroom, and seats 1A and 1B have additional legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • Seats 10A and 10F don’t have windows, and row 34 seats can’t recline.

Boeing 737-700 Micronesia

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 124
  • First Class: 12
  • Business Class: 8
  • Economy: 104

Best Seats:

  • Seats 1A and 1B have additional legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • Seats 10A and 10F don’t have windows, and row 32 seats can’t recline.

Boeing 737-800 Layout 1

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 154
  • First Class: 16
  • Business Class: 48
  • Economy:90

Best Seats:

  • Row 21 seats have extra legroom, and row 7 seats are premium with additional legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • Seats 11A, 12A, 11F, and 12F have no windows, and row 37 seats can’t recline.

Boeing 737-800 Layout 2

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 166
  • First Class: 16
  • Business Class: 48
  • Economy: 102

Best Seats:

  • Row 21 seats have extra legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

Row 38 seats can’t recline.

Boeing 737-800 Layout 3

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 166
  • First Class: 16
  • Business Class: 54
  • Economy: 96

Best Seats:

  • Row 21 seats have extra legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • Seat 11A has no windows, and row 38 seats can’t recline.

Boeing 737-800 Layout 4

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 166
  • First Class: 16
  • Business Class: 42
  • Economy: 108

Best Seats:

  • Row 21 seats have extra legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • Row 38 seats can’t recline.

Boeing 737-900 Layout 1

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 167
  • First Class: 20
  • Business Class: 51
  • Economy: 96

Best Seats:

  • Row 21 seats have extra legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

Seats 31A, 31F, 12A, 12F, and 11A don’t have windows. Row 38 seats can’t recline, and Seats 5A and 5B also can’t recline.

Boeing 737-900 Layout 2

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 179
  • First Class: 20
  • Business Class: 42
  • Economy: 117

Best Seats:

  • Row 21 seats have extra legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • Seats 21A, 12F, and 11A don’t have windows, and row 38 seats can’t recline. Seats 5A and 5B can’t recline.

Boeing 737-900 Layout 3

Number of Seats:

  • Total Seats: 179
  • First Class: 20
  • Business Class: 39
  • Economy: 120

Best Seats:

  • Row 21 seats have extra legroom.

Seats to Avoid:

  • Seat 11 A has no windows.

JetBlue Airlines

Jetblue only uses Airbus planes, so they don’t have any Boeing 737s.


Can the Same Boeing 737 Model Vary By Airline?

Yes, airlines can change seating arrangements upon order when purchasing a plane. Airlines choose seat numbers mostly based on the route they intend to fly, and whether or not they will use the plane for luxury flights.

Wrapping things up, a Boeing 737 has between 130 to 160 seats depending on its variant and airline. The best seats on the plane may vary by their row and location, but will be able to recline and have extra legroom.

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