Boeing has delivered the 8,000th 737 to come off the production line.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737-900ER, was delivered to United Airlines.
United Airlines’ milestone 737-900ER sports a special logo marking the fact that it is the 8,000th Boeing 737 to be produced.
The Boeing 737 is the first commercial-aircraft family in history to reach the 8,000-deliveries milestone.
Boeing’s 737 program has a strong order backlog, according to The Boeing Company: orders for more than 3,700 737s remain to be delivered, including 1,934 aircraft of the new Boeing 737 MAX family.
United Airlines was the first airline to order and take delivery of a Boeing 737-200, the second model in the Boeing 737 family to be produced.
Since April 1968, when it received its first Boeing 737-200, United and its merger partner Continental Airlines have taken delivery of more than 550 Boeing 737s and have operated nearly every model.
“We’re thrilled to celebrate this huge achievement with Boeing,” says Ron Baur, vice president of fleet, United Airlines. “The 737 has been an integral part of our narrowbody fleet and we are pleased to continue this tradition by being the North American launch customer for the new 737 MAX 9.”
Baur says United’s April 16 737-900ER delivery, along with Boeing 737 MAX jets the airline has on order, will replace older, less fuel-efficient aircraft in its fleet while providing a superior passenger experience.