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Celebrating The 6000th 737!  
User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12321 posts, RR: 35
Posted (5 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 5981 times:

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.


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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.

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User currently offlineSomeone83 From Norway, joined Sep 2006, 3173 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 week 3 days ago) and read 5951 times:

I'm a little disappointed that they didn't do more with the 6000th 737, but only put a sticker on the tail

User currently offlineFlyboy2001 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.  bigthumbsup 


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User currently offlineMEA-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



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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21415 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5885 times:



Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 3):
because ln 718 was never completed

where is it now?



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User currently offlineWINGS 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)  Smile

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 .  Wow!

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

Total: 2,487 frames

Boeing 727 x 1,832 frames.

Regards,
Wings



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User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4264 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 5740 times:



Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 4):
where is it now?

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.



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User currently offlineSilver1SWA 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:
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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?


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User currently offlineVirginblue4 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 889 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5610 times:

Congratulations Boeing on reaching this amazing milestone!

Jordan



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User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5550 times:

Congrats to the B737, the T-ford of the skies... Wink

User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21415 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5167 times:



Quoting Alessandro (Reply 9):
Congrats to the B737, the T-ford of the skies...

Has one ever been delivered in all black though?



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User currently offlineTdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 11, posted (5 years 1 week 2 days ago) and read 5099 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

It's a pretty big sticker. They may do a celebration when it's actually delivered. There was a big to-do at the delivery of the 5000th 737 (I still have the mug).

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 7):
1000 737s built and delivered in just over three years?

Production rate of 31 a month will do that.

Tom.


User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (5 years 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5021 times:



Quoting Tdscanuck (Reply 11):
Production rate of 31 a month will do that.

Tom.

Including the strike so they been more a month during this three month period?


User currently offlineOyKIE From Norway, joined Jan 2006, 2673 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (5 years 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4987 times:

Congratulations to Boeing for this accomplishment! And congratulations to Norwegian for having the honor of flying the 737 number 6000. An honor!

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 10):
Congrats to the B737, the T-ford of the skies...

Has one ever been delivered in all black though?

 rotfl 


On a side note: Norwegian used to put on Norwegian.no on the Norwegian planes, and Norwegian.se for the Swedish planes. This one has Norwegian.com. For international use perhaps?



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User currently offlineCitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2368 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (5 years 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4820 times:

All 6,000 fuselages were built in Wichita, Kansas and shipped by train to Seattle.


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User currently onlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 3783 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (5 years 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4796 times:



Quoting Tdscanuck (Reply 11):
There was a big to-do at the delivery of the 5000th 737 (I still have the mug).


And I still have the full page color ad from the Dallas Morning News from Feb. 16, 2006 - Our 5000th 737 has LUV written all over it  Smile

LoneStarmike


User currently offlineMarcus From Mexico, joined Apr 2001, 1766 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (5 years 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4689 times:



Quoting LoneStarMike (Reply 15):
And I still have the full page color ad from the Dallas Morning News from Feb. 16, 2006 - Our 5000th 737 has LUV written all over it

I flew on it once...I believe it was SAN-PHX or viceversa, there was a little metallic plate on the door.



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User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets87 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.  frown 


User currently offlineThreepoint From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 2127 posts, RR: 9
Reply 18, posted (5 years 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4643 times:



Quoting CitationJet (Reply 14):
All 6,000 fuselages were built in Wichita, Kansas and shipped by train to Seattle.

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?

Or are they?



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User currently offlineWESTERN737800 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 691 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (5 years 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4616 times:

Wow 6000 737s. Congrats to Boeing and all of the great employees at Boeing. What a great accomplishment!


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User currently offlineTdscanuck 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...

Quoting Threepoint (Reply 18):
Or are they?

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.

Tom.


User currently offlineThreepoint 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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User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12028 posts, RR: 47
Reply 22, posted (5 years 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 4404 times:
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Given the current climate and orders having fallen off a cliff, we need to celebrate milestones like these.

Congratulations Boeing!  champagne 



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User currently offlineLNv22 From Norway, joined Mar 2008, 182 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4100 times:


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Norwegian Air Shuttle will take delivery of LN-NOL tomorrow morning (17.04.09).

The 6000th 737 will land at OSL somewhere between 7am and 8am.

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LNv2



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31568 posts, RR: 57
Reply 24, posted (5 years 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4073 times:

Amazing Achievement for a very successfull Aircraft type.
regds
MEL.



Think of the brighter side!
25 LNv22 : Indeed! I was hoping to take some pictures when it comes to OSL tomorrow, but I'm stuck at the office finalizing my master's degree.. Lets hope Norwe
26 Klemmi85 : Uuh 6.000 what a number... Just to get it right, Boeing has build more aircraft from one family than Airbus alltogether? Don't remember the exact figu
27 Post contains links Mortyman : Some adittional pictures ( 3 pix ) in this article: http://www.vg.no/reise/artikkel.php?artid=562010 Norwegian ( Norwegian Air Shuttle ) will between
28 Viscount724 : I don't think that's correct. As far as I know, 737 fuselages have only been built in Wichita since about 1983.
29 Post contains links WestWing : LN-NOL is now flying on delivery flight non-stop BFI to OSL as NAX 6000 ! (See here)
30 Aerokiwi : To be fair, Boeing's been around an awful lot longer.
31 Dynamicsguy : Why assume such a low rate when the production rate is 31/month?
32 Kaitak : Fair point; I couldn't remember what the rate was; just thought that was a reasonable guess. I can remember times in the 737's life when it was an awf
33 Klemmi85 : Oh I didn't mean to be unfair, don't get me wrong, I was just impressed by the number of build 73X frames compared to the total of Airbus. I know B h
34 LongHauler : Congratulations Boeing! A fine achievement, and no sign of stopping either. I recall many years ago, seeing a Delta Air Lines B727-200 with "1000 th B
35 ZANL188 : 737 1st Flight = 1967 A300 1st Flight = 1972 Only 5 years difference. That Boeing itself has been around longer does not matter....
36 Post contains links Ln-ojb : I had the great pleasure to see this fine airliner as it arrived Oslo airport this morning, at the end of the long delivery flight from Boeing Field.
37 Viscount724 : That's not a logical comparison when comparing production numbers. The A300 was a much lower-production aircraft than the 737 and Airbus had no 737 c
38 ZANL188 : Read back up the thread a bit... We were comparing the total production of Airbus aircraft vs the 737 production numbers. Aerokiwi said: Which is irr
39 Dynamicsguy : You're still comparing apples with oranges. Had Airbus started with a 737 competitor then the numbers would probably have favoured total Airbus aircr
40 Post contains links Tdscanuck : This conversation is happening in another thread: http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...eneral_aviation/read.main/4380739/ I posted some charts that
41 ZANL188 : Difficult not to since the premise is comparing apples with oranges. See below. What types Airbus was building is irrelevant.
42 Post contains links AeroplaneFreak : Boeings press release is here http://boeingforums.com/board/showthread.php?t=3
43 SPREE34 : Incorrect. They were built in Renton. First airframe out of Wichita was Aug, 24th 1996. Source Boeing.com
44 Viscount724 : Sorry that's not correct. Based on everything I've read, all 737 fuselages have been built in Wichita since 1983. You're probably referring only to t
45 CitationJet : Incorrect. I worked for Boeing Wichita from 1982 to 1990. There were building 737s in Wichita during that time period.
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