It’s official: Boeing produces 10.000th 737, breaks world record
When asked what the most popular aircraft in the world is, for many the Boeing 737 passenger airliner is the first that comes to mind. Fear not, the impression is correct and even backed by the Guinness world record, as Boeing rolled out the 10,000th 737 off the production line.
On March 13, 2018, Boeing rolled out a 737 MAX 8 for Southwest Airlines (LUV) , breaking the Guinness record for the most produced commercial jet aircraft model along. However, the 10 000th aircraft is not actually the one that broke the record, since 737 already held “he most produced commercial jet aircraft model” title as of March 8, 2018, when 9,898 aircraft deliveries were registered by Guinness world records.
In fact, the company already held the title in 2006 for the 5,000th 737 airplane to come out a factory - a mark that took almost four decades to reach. Due to growing market demand and higher production rates, the 737 program reached the newest title in 12 years, the company said in a statement.
"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," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister. "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 speed at which Boeing achieved this new milestone is very impressive," said Michael Empric, official adjudicator for GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS. "We are excited to once again recognize the 737 and the important role it plays in commercial aviation."
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.
- A 737 takes off or lands every 1.5 seconds
- On average, more than 2,800 737s are in the air at any given time
- More than 22 billion people have flown on a 737
- The 737 has flown more than 122 billion miles, the equivalent of 5 million times around Earth
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