This is actually the 2,868th 737 NG, so assuming a delivery rate of about 16pm, we should expect delivery of the 3,000th NG sometime in December, possibly early 2010.
We've talked many times on different threads about the various milestone, comparing it to the DC3 (mostly built for military purposes), but let's not even bother comparing, because it's a huge achievement in itself and really, the 737 doesn't need to be compared with anything else - not the 727, nor the DC3, nor the A320. It's just a phenomenally able, dependable aircraft upon which many of the world's leading carriers - KLM, SAS, Qantas, various Chinese carriers, ANZ - have built their short haul fleets and of course, many hugely successful airlines - Ryanair and Southwest - have built their entire fleets.
Flyboy2001 From Canada, joined May 2005, 186 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 5955 times:
I took my very first flight in a commercial airliner on a CP Air 737... probably a -200, not too sure, as I was... 5, I think. YVR to SFO. This is a great milestone for the 737 and testament to Boeing's ability to keep it useful and relevant through the years.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4264 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5891 times:
At least they do something. The 4000th 737, ln (line number) 868, 7T-VJO for Air Algérie, nobody said anything about it. (nb 3132 737-classics are built, 3132+868=4000)
Maybe they should call ln 2869 number 6000 instead, because ln 2722 is a static Poseidon airframe which will probably never fly, I have the opinion non flying test frames shouldn't count as a true 737, just like Airbus doesn't count the c/ns they skipped.
Some other trivia; With the 767, they should celebrate ln 1001 instead of ln 1000, because ln 718 was never completed
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
WINGS From Portugal, joined May 2005, 2831 posts, RR: 69
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5788 times:
Quoting Kaitak (Thread starter): Forty two years after the first aircraft was delivered to Lufthansa, Boeing is celebrating a major milestone, with the 6,000th aircraft, soon to be delivered to Norwegian Air Shuttle, as LN-NOL.
Indeed a remarkable achievement. Congratulations to Boeing on what has become the world's largest civil airplane family (737-100 - 900)
Quoting Kaitak (Thread starter): We've talked many times on different threads about the various milestone, comparing it to the DC3 (mostly built for military purposes), but let's not even bother comparing, because it's a huge achievement in itself and really, the 737 doesn't need to be compared with anything else - not the 727, nor the DC3, nor the A320.
What we should be comparing is the 727, DC9/MD80/80/717 and A320 which all fought for the same market segment.
In terms of sales figures the 737 takes the lead by a large margin, but one has to take note that Airbus will most likely also manage its own milestone in 2009, when the 4,000th A32X family aircraft is delivered, just over 21 years after its first delivery .
The DC9/C9/MD80/90/717 and Boeing 727 also did extremely well, giving it the third and forth place in terms of deliveries.
DC 9 x 976
C9 (Military Version) x 48
MD80 X 1,191
MD90 X 116
717 x 156
Boeing 767 line 718, cn 25755 was supposed to be a 38E for Asiana Airlines. It never happened before or again with Boeing that they skip a line number when an order gets cancelled. Probably the fuselage and parts were allocated to other airframes when Asiana backed out fairly late. In this case it was easier then changing the other line numbers or completing ln 718 as a white tail. I also vaguely think some parts were damaged but don't quote me on that, I'm not sure.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
Silver1SWA From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 4737 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5674 times:
Holy crap! 6000th is ready for delivery already? It was only three years ago WN received the 5000th 737. Some of you might not be so shocked, but I don't track these things. 1000 737s built and delivered in just over three years?
ALL views, opinions expressed are mine ONLY and are NOT representative of those shared by Southwest Airlines Co.
FlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (5 years 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4658 times:
Quoting Someone83 (Reply 1): I'm a little disappointed that they didn't do more with the 6000th 737, but only put a sticker on the tail
More than WN did for the 5000th 737. All Southwest has on the 5000th 737 off the line is a decal inside the frame of the main boarding door that says "5000th 737". I meant to snap a picture of it on my way off the plane but forgot to.
Tdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 20, posted (5 years 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4583 times:
Quoting Threepoint (Reply 18): Considering how automobiles are protected when traveling by rail, how are more aircraft fuselages not damaged by the elements and railside idiots while en route?
For an aircraft that will be parked outside for most of its 20-year life, the elements aren't such a problem. What comes from Wichita is just structure, no glass, antennas, or other delicate bits. As for railside idiots...
I've heard tell of fuselages arriving with bullet holes, and I know a guy who's seen them first hand, although I've never seen it myself. It's a pretty simple repair job that would be done in the factory prior to delivery.
Threepoint From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 2127 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (5 years 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4550 times:
Quoting Tdscanuck (Reply 20):
For an aircraft that will be parked outside for most of its 20-year life, the elements aren't such a problem.
I was thinking the odd instances of hail and debris blown by strong Chinook winds as the train goes west and running the gauntlet of small town mouthbreathers armed with stones, which would cause much more damage than a bullet.
I'm just surprised, considering how $15,000 automobiles are shrouded in plastic wrap while on transport trailers. Mind you, they are painted...
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