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737 Launched 41 Years Ago  
User currently offlineJDD1 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 94 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1612 times:

41 years ago on 19 Feb 1965 Boeing launched the 737-100 with a Lufthansa order. The second generation 737-300 was launched 16 years later on 5 March 1981 and the third generation 737-700 was launched some 12 years after that on 17 November 1993. The 5000th airplane has just been delivered.
Since it launched the 737 family, Boeing have built 122 of these magnificent airplanes per year.
In terms of orders, 6099 had been received by 31 Dec 2005; at a rate of 149 orders per year.

Congratulations to the Boeing team.


For you A.netters who like comparisons: The A320-100 was launched on 2 March 1984 on an order from British Caledonian (a Scottish airline based at London Gatwick) signed on 6 Jan 1984. Twenty two years later, number 2719 of the A320 Family is in final assembly, still the first generation, giving a build rate of 123 per year.
In terms of orders, 4283 had been received for the A320 Family by 31 Dec 2005; at a rate of 194 orders per year.

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User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

If you want another example, the DC-9.

It's still in continuous production, as the line is not quite finished building the last one, as the 717. Another airliner which eventually sold thousands of frames, and first flew before the 737. It'll be a shame to see the last one roll off the line after all these years.


User currently offlineOrfsurfer From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 12 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1478 times:

Aren't Delta and NW still flying orginial 737's and DC-9's

J/K


User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3395 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1448 times:

As I said a few times before, whoever designed the 737 musta done something right...



CanadianNorth



What could possibly go wrong?
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1337 times:

Quoting CanadianNorth (Reply 3):
As I said a few times before, whoever designed the 737 musta done something right...

Considering that it was a slow starter makes things more interesting  Smile
regds
MEL



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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12333 posts, RR: 18
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1310 times:
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When Ansett New Zealand first started, it operated with B737-100s, including the second built B737

User currently offlineFlashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2903 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1202 times:
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DL flies 737-200s still (not original 737-100s, however. Not many of those around.)

User currently offlineOyKIE From Norway, joined Jan 2006, 2755 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1192 times:

Congratulations to Boeing and their 737. I wonder if the total production will ever beat the old DC-3/C47?

Quoting CanadianNorth (Reply 3):
As I said a few times before, whoever designed the 737 musta done something right...



Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 4):
Considering that it was a slow starter makes things more interesting

Didn't the CFM56 engine make the true breakthrough for the economy of the 737 compared to the DC-9?



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User currently onlineBlackbird1331 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1895 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1148 times:

Forty one years ago Boeing reached the future, at the time, they just did not know it. It will take a quantum leap in physics to replace it. Namely, a super quiet SST.


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