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.
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.
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.
Boeing presented Southwest with a banner signed by 737 employees.
Thanks to Southwest for paying a visit—and for keeping us so busy!