Showing our LUV for Southwest

In a way, the Boeing 737 and Southwest Airlines have grown up together. So it was a special treat to have Southwest CEO Gary Kelly and the airline’s Board of Directors visit our Renton factory earlier this week.

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600 Boeing employees gathered to show their appreciation for Southwest during an event in Renton this week.

The group was treated to a VIP tour of the factory that has assembled and delivered 624 737s for the carrier - more than any other airline.

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Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly speaks to Boeing employees.

“It is a pleasure to be here to thank all of you,” Kelly told 737 employees. “We strive to provide our customers with friendly, reliable and low-cost air travel. Boeing makes that commitment possible.”

Southwest isn’t just our biggest 737 customer. They’re also a valued partner helping launch five models of the 737, including the 737-300, -500, and -700, plus two models of the 737 MAX, the MAX 7 and MAX 8. They currently have 317 unfilled orders for the 737, 180 of those being for the MAX.

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Boeing presented Southwest with a banner signed by 737 employees.

Thanks to Southwest for paying a visit—and for keeping us so busy!

Comments (2)

Andrew (Boise, ID USA):

The manufacturing pace of production at Renton's 737 site is critically important for Boeing's efforts on single aisle aircraft. A reduction of the backlog opens the door for the MAX. The follow-on aircraft not yet manufactured, are key to Boeing's customers, such as Southwest. Timing is not a matter of just increasing productivity, but its important to the Max development and testing teams, as well as your customers. Its like threading the eye of of a needle by reducing backlog while meeting a customer's own required delivery of an NG. Then ramping up production of a new model(Max)and its delivery on time. Its an exciting time for the Renton team, as they remain in the eye of the needle found at the end of Renton's runway on Lake Washington. Its also an exciting time for Southwest to be part of this Sea Change. Congratulations to both as I look forward to flying on both a Boeing and Southwest's 737.

Smokerr (Anchorage, AK):

The split winglets on the Max look like MD11 re-treads and dated.

While the swept ones look good and modern, the A320 is using those.

Give Airbus a black eye and go with the even more modern Scimitar winglets.

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