How these things fly, I still marvel. And then there is Boeing, who is in a rush to connect the whole wide world. Most of my travel is on narrowbody jets, and If it is not Boeing, I am not going is a widespread belief in the #avgeek community.
However, do you know, Boeing has made 10,000 of the Boeing 737 airplanes? Now you do. Earlier this week, they delivered the 10,000th aircraft to Southwest. Moreover, 10000 jets is a record.
Thousands of Boeing employees gathered at the company’s Renton, Washington factory to celebrate the 10,000th 737 to come off the production line. With this airplane, a 737 MAX 8 for Southwest Airlines, the 737 made the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the most produced commercial jet aircraft model. As a reference point, Southwest also got the 5,000th airplane
The 737 previously held this GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title in 2006 for the 5,000th airplane to come out of the Renton factory, a mark that took almost four decades to reach. Due to growing market demand and higher production rates, the 737 program reached the 10,000th airplane milestone only 12 years later. By way of comparison, over 8000 A320 family aircraft have been produced over the years.
Boeing will increase 737 production from the current rate of 47 airplanes per month to 52 airplanes per month later this year. The 737 program has more than 4,600 airplanes still on order fueled by sales of the newest version of the 737, the 737 MAX.
I’m surely looking forward to my first Boeing 737 Max ride sometime this year! Have you been on one?