All around the world

If I ever need a reminder about the demand for our Next-Generation 737, all I have to do is take a walk through the Renton factory. You’ll always find a wide variety of customer logos as you walk the floor. But our 737 team noticed something a few days ago that even caught them by surprise.

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ASIA: Shenzhen Airlines (China).

On that particular week, we were building 737s for airlines from every continent with the exception of Antarctica—and that’s only because Antarctica doesn’t have a commercial airline.

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AUSTRALIA: Virgin Australia.

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NORTH AMERICA: Southwest Airlines.

With 5800 orders and a backlog of over 2000 aircraft, the numbers for the Next-Generation 737 speak for themselves. A big part of the reason the airplane has done well is that we keep making it better. We keep doing things with the engine to improve reliability and maintain costs. And thanks to the Boeing Sky Interior, passengers can enjoy a beautiful ride.

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ASIA/EUROPE: Pegasus Airlines (Turkey).

Over the next 20 years, we’ll see demand for about 31,000 new airplanes. The biggest market will be for single-aisle airplanes. Judging by the looks of the Renton factory last week, it’s safe to say the Next-Generation 737 will keep feeding the appetite for airplanes all around the world for decades to come. Thanks to Jay Culbert on the 737 team for noticing this unique lineup on the floor and thanks to Kristi Moen for snapping all the photos.

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AFRICA: Air Algerie (Algeria).

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SOUTH AMERICA: GOL (Brazil).

Comments (8)

Ron Bresher (Everett, Washington):

Cool. Keep up the good work. The New Sky Interior & The Performance Improvement Package should help to keep the 737 competitive as well as a preferred Airplane against the Airbus A320-NEO and the Chinese C919 until a 737 replacement is available around 2020!!!

Carla D. (Norman OK):

Super cool logo for Pegasus. Thanks for the photo tour .

Leo Schelvis (Amsterdam, the Netherlands):

Thanks, very nice pictures.. Great perfomance.

Barun Majumdar (Seattle, WA, USA):

That's an inspiring message. In hind sight, designing a whole new airplane from 727 to 737 back in the middle of the 20th century was a huge challenge by itself. There were two breakthrough patents in this innovation. One patent filing award of $50 was awarded to an amazing aerodynamicist Joe Sutter for novel location of the twin engines and the other one went to V.P. enginnering Jack Steiner for the a novel fuselage design. How many 737 have been built after that? I guess more than 7000. Commercial aviation legend Joe Sutter's legacy carried on with the sucessful launch of jumbo 787. I'd suggest the readers of this blog to read the book "747" written by the legend himself.

Kevin (Los Angeles, CA):

My first 737 flight was 40 years ago in 1971, on a -200.
What a cute airplane it was, with the same fuselage cross section as the 707(upper portion) and 727. The -300 and -400 represented an amazing improvement over -200. Little did I imagine that there could be an even further significant development.

Given the success of the 737 NG, I still think it is not out of the question to develop a highly successful 767NG, with -9 being the definitive version of the 787, and of course a 777NG.

Tom (Germany):

Randy,
last week I was sitting for four hours in a 737-800. Because of the new slim seats (and a nice front neighbour) there was sufficient space for my knees.
But the cabin crew got a lot of kicks from my shoulder or my right arm - no space in the aisle.

Ok, every inch of aisle will increase the fuel bill and is not used space (apart from (de-)boarding and services)... but real space is a main element of comfort. "Light shows" will work for some time...

Cabin baggage: Most pax carried pieces: Coat, gifts and the "typical" bags (I prefer a backpack: thus I will have a "free hand" when going to the car etc.
Completely different from your experience with cabin baggage... just the "old world"!

Norman (Long Beach, California, United States):

More than forty years and the 737 in still number one in sales around the world and interest is still high for the immediate future. It would be interesting to see how a fourth generation 737 or a 737 replacement will look like wen the time comes.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Surely, one of the most inspiring sights for people there, seeing how far their work will go

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