This week’s MSFS Marketplace update comes with two new highly detailed airliners for Xbox simmers to fly: the PMDG 737-600 and -900. It’s the shortest and longest variants of the ultra-popular 737, following the release of the more common -800 and -700 variants earlier this year. The 737-600, however, may just be the most interesting one as it’s priced at just $34.99, an unbeatable price for such an impressive and high-fidelity aircraft!
The 737-600 has been out for PC for a while and now comes to the Marketplace (and thus, to the Xbox crowd) with PMDG’s characteristically high attention to detail and systems fidelity. It follows the same path initiated by the -700 variant when it launched back in May 2022, offering simmers in Microsoft Flight Simulator the possibility to fly a highly-realistic and authentic Boeing 737 on the platform.
The -800 variant may be the most used and popular in the real world, but the 737-600 is quite unique in the 737 family, with its superb performance that enables the airliner to get into smaller airports that would otherwise be out of reach to its longer siblings. Sadly, it was not very popular with airlines, even if SAS found it to be a perfect airplane for its Scandinavian operations. While no longer being flown by SAS, it continues to fly today with a few operators around the world.
The PMDG 737-600 comes with most of the features you would expect from a PMDG airliner… but there’s more to come. The beautiful visuals and simulation depth are all there, and PMDG is planning a few important update: the new EFB with Navigraph and SimBrief integration should be released at any moment, after many delays.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of today’s release is the price: at just $34.99, the 737-600 is a very compelling entry-point to PMDG’s airliners in MSFS and a very nice step-up from GA pilots looking to get their feet on the big jets. It’s a study-level airliner priced lower than some GA planes. What’s not to like?
Both the PMDG 737-600 and its bigger brother, the -900, are now available in the MSFS Marketplace.