When you talk about the world’s best-selling airplane, it’s easy to get lost in the mind boggling numbers. But today, we celebrated a milestone that really proves how wildly popular the 737 is with our customers—and shows just how busy our employees are in Renton.
The 4,000th Next-Generation 737 was shown off today at Boeing Field in front of employees, suppliers and customers. China Southern will take delivery of the airplane, a 737-700 with Boeing Sky Interior, next week. The livery includes a special logo to commemorate the 4,000th milestone.
When the 737 team throws a party—they pull out all the stops. In honor of our customer China Southern, a Chinese dragon dance was performed. And the surprise of the day came when Beverly Wyse, the Vice President and General Manager of the 737 program, showed up as a lion dancer.
The Chinese Lion Dance practiced in the United States originates from the Guangdong Province, which is the home of China Southern. It is usually performed as a ceremony to scare away evil spirits and to summon luck and fortune.
We also got a look inside this airplane’s beautiful Boeing Sky Interior.
As our production rates go up in Renton, these milestones will keep coming. Incredibly, it was just a little over two years ago that we delivered the 3,000th Next-Generation 737. All of this is a testament to our employees who build these airplanes—and to our customers who love to fly them. The 5,000th delivery will be here before you know it.