Whilst a lot of us dream of flat beds in the sky, a lot of the time we’re travelling in seats in a narrow-bodied tube, on a short-haul flight from A to B. One of those enablers of that style of flying is the Boeing 737 – which today celebrates the 10,000th unit being rolled out of the production line, and on target for delivery.
The 10,000th Boeing 737 is a Boeing 737 MAX 8 (the iteration of the Boeing 737 design), which will go to Southwest Airlines. This latest version features the CFM Leap 1B Engines, the chevron styled engine nacelles (to reduce noise), the new split-tip winglet. For passengers, the plane will feature the Boeing Sky Interior
It was in 2006 when Boeing passed the 5,000th delivery of a Boeing 737. With 10,000 Boeing 737s products, the airframer has broken the Guinness World Record for the most produced commercial jet aircraft model.
Kevin McAllister president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, and Scott Campbell, vice president and general manager of the 737 Program, accept the a Guinness World record marking 10,000th 737 to come off the production line – Image, The Boeing Company
On receiving the record, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister stated:
“This incredible milestone is a testament to the work we do every day to build the most reliable and efficient single-aisle airplane in the world”
“It represents more than 50 years of success and achievement on the part of thousands of Boeing employees past and present, our supplier partners, and our airline customers around the globe who put their confidence in the 737.”
The Boeing 737 programme has been a long one from the original -100 series and -200 series, through the “Classic” series (covering the -300, -400 and -500 aircraft), the Next Generation family (the -600, -700, -800, -900 and 900ER) and the current MAX family (MAX 7, MAX 8, MAX 8 200, MAX 9 and MAX 10)
With innovation in, the systems, engines and the interior, the Boeing 737 will be flying for many years to come, shuttling passengers back and forth – and being the backbone of many an airline network.
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