7000 and counting

Even though it’s the world’s most popular airplane, you still have to be amazed that we’ve just delivered the 7000th 737. I know our friends at flydubai are proud to be the ones flying it—especially since it comes with a commemorative logo near the nose.


Number 7000 goes to flydubai.

While the 737 MAX will soon continue the proud tradition of this program, the Next-Generation airplanes aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. You only need to look at some of our recent orders to see that it is still a vital part of our customers’ fleets.

As we celebrate today’s 7000th delivery, I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane for a look at the program’s previous milestone deliveries. Thanks to our friends at the Boeing archives for digging up some of these.


1000th delivery: December 1983, Delta


2000th delivery: February 1991, Lufthansa


3000th delivery: February 1998, Alaska


4000th delivery: June 2001, Air Algerie (we have no photo of the actual airplane. This photo shows a 737 delivered to Air Algerie in July of 2001)


5000th delivery: February 2006, Southwest


6000th delivery: April 2009, ILFC (for Norwegian Air Shuttle)

Now that we’ve had some fun with photos, here are some fun facts to go along with them.

• On average, approximately 1700 737 airplanes are in the air at all times.

• One 737 takes off or lands every 2.3 seconds.

• The 737 has flown more than 103.9 billion miles; equivalent to approximately 559 round trips from the earth to the sun.

• The 737 family has flown more than 106.6M flights.

• The 737 family has flown more than 168.4M flight hours; the equivalent to one airplane flying more than 19,000 years nonstop.

I want to congratulate all of our employees in Renton for reaching yet another impressive milestone. Your work never ceases to amaze all of us.

By the way, 7000 must be a lucky number this month. My congratulations to Airbus for their 7000th aircraft delivery. It really is an exciting time to be in this business and I look forward to the competition in 2012.

Comments (7)

Michael (Adelaide, Australia):

WOW! Go Boeing! Always enjoy flying a Qantas or Virgin Australia 737 down under :)

Jozsef Meszaros (Gyomro, Hungary):

this is impressive... however e.g. flight security would require that there are less airplanes in the air at a given time... the Boeing Ecoliner concept (2 engines, 2 full decks and several hundred passengers) could be used just on the most frequented routes - bringing more security and more economy... so we don't need less Jumbo Jets but even more types...

Tim K (Ont Canada):

Wow I just feel off my chair. Did you just give Airbus a compliment; it must be the magic of the Christmas spirit working here. If anything Airbus should be giving Boeing a pat on the back for your recent sales successes. What a great month Boeing has had…

Actually you are right and it is great to see one of the world's leading industries doing well at this time while the rest of the world is having a few issues.

Good luck with the 737NG and Max (not that you need it) and here’s hoping 2012 is great for both A and B.

Bob Yates (Phoenix, AZ, USA):

Thanks, the stats are great fun. I would perhaps have included one more: that it took 16 years to get from the first delivery to number 1000, and less than three between 6000 and 7000, the shortest time yet.

The publicity around the 7000th Airbus delivery brought another bit of statistical trivia to mind--how many Boeing jetliners, of all types built in and around Seattle, are currently in service worldwide? I believe the total produced is somewhere in the vacinity of 15,000 (I expect the exact number will be somewhere on the various Boeing sites)so if there are only(?!) 8000 or so current, there might have been more Boeings retired than Airbuses delivered. It wouldn't surprise me, though, if the 8000 figure is significantly low. Still, an interesting thought.

Thanks again.

Norman (Long Beach, CA):

Imagine the time it took to reach the first 1,000th 737. It took 15 years or so to reach the millennial mark and from the 6,000th 737 in 2009 to the 7,000th 737 in 2011 it has taken little more than two years and I suspect that many more thousands will come in the near future and with the 737 MAX selling the way it is it will not surprise me to to see Boeing sell over 10,000 or even 12,000 in the years to come. Not bad for a plane that took 15 years to reach the first thousand.

Paulo M (Johannesburg, RSA):

Stunning success for the 737 -- the success that almost was not, first with its uncommon launch by a foreign carrier (Lufthansa), and second almost a casualty of development costs on the 747 program. It all worked out okay. Congrats, and to Airbus too.

Al Warren (Renton):

I stood on the tarmac at Boeing Field in December 1967 and watched the very first 737 take off on it's delivery flight.
It took 16 years to reach the first 1,000 deliveries.
I hope I'll be around to see it break 10,000

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