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.