Boeing employees surround the 10,000th 737 jet to be produced. (Boeing Photo)
Boeing 737 jets are rolling out of the factory in Renton, Wash., more than once a day, but the Southwest 737 MAX 8 jet that emerged today brought hundreds of Boeing employees outside to watch: It’s the 10,000th 737 jet to be produced.
The occasion was marked by the Guinness World Records’ renewed recognition of the 737 as the world’s most produced commercial jet aircraft model — and by a pep talk from Kevin McAllister, Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ president and CEO.
“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,” McAllister said. “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.”
Southwest Airlines marked the occasion as well, by making a $10,000 contribution to Boeing’s employee community fund. (For what it’s worth, the average list price of a 737 MAX 8 is $117.1 million.)
…dramatic pause… It’s official! Guinness World Records (on site today) has just recorded the Boeing 737 as “the most-produced large commercial jet” in aviation history. #10k737 #boeing pic.twitter.com/0ui0w6QG6x
— Boeing Airplanes (@BoeingAirplanes) March 13, 2018
The first production 737 made its first flight in 1967 and is now on display at Seattle’s Museum of Flight. Boeing’s best-known single-aisle passenger jet has gone through several design iterations since then, culminating in four different variants of the super-efficient 737 MAX. Depending on the configuration, passenger capacity can range from 138 to 230 seats.
Guinness first awarded the “most produced” title to the 737 back in 2006 when the …read more