On April 16 Boeing delivered the 8,000th 737 to come off the production line to United Airlines. The aircraft, a Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range), features a special logo.
The 737 is the first commercial airliner to reach this delivery milestone and Boeing says it has a strong backlog of orders, currently exceeding 3,700 aircraft, including 1,934 orders for the new 737 MAX.
“The 737 programme continues to innovate with new features and technology, meeting the needs of our customers now and into the future,” said Beverly Wyse, Vice President and General Manager, 737 programme, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Boeing has a long and treasured history with United Airlines, and we’re proud they’re taking delivery of this milestone airplane.”
United was the first airline to order and take delivery of the 737-200. Since 1965, United has taken delivery of more than 550 737s and operated nearly every model.
“We’re thrilled to celebrate this huge achievement with Boeing,” said Ron Baur, Vice President of Fleet, United Airlines. “The 737 has been an integral part of our narrow-body fleet and we are pleased to continue this tradition by being the North American launch customer for the new 737 MAX 9.”
Mr Baur said United’s 737-900ER, along with 737 MAX aircraft the airline has on order, will replace older, less fuel efficient airliners while providing a superior passenger experience.