Boeing Delivers 8000th 737

  • Apr 21, 2014 3:01pm GMT

On April 16th, Boeing delivered a very special 737 to its first customer of the aircraft type; United Airlines.

The latest variant, a 737-900ER, was delivered from Boeing Field, marking a special occasion for not only Boeing but also United. The aircraft was the 8,000th 737 to roll out of the Renton factory, and became one of over 550 of the type to be delivered to United since its inception.

“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.”

When United took delivery of its first 737 back on April 9th, 1967, the narrow-body aircraft had a capacity of 109 passengers. Today, the latest variant of the aircraft can hold 179 passengers over a much longer distance. Since United was the first carrier to take delivery of the 737, it seemed only appropriate that they should be granted this very special airframe.

With the delivery of its 8,000th 737, Boeing is far from done with the platform. There are currently more than 3,500 orders pending for more 737 aircraft.