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Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Tue May 11, 2004 5:21 am

The Next Generation Boeing 737 has reached 1,500 delieverys in only 6 years.
Only three other airplane families have sold more than 1,500 airplanes: the 727, the classic 737-300/-400/-500 family and the Airbus A320 family. It took the classic 737 10 years, the A320 family 13 years, and the 727 16 years to reach this delivery milestone. The Next Generation 737 family is a whole new different family with an all new wing design, new flight deck, new and more powerful engines, tires, wheels and brakes. Airbus claims that the Next Generation 737 Family is a flashed up version of the old 737 family. About 98 percent of the parts on a newer family are common, which significantly simplifies and lowers maintenance costs for airlines. International Air Transportation Association statistics back that claim. Its latest report takes a four-year average, adjusts for flight times, airplane age and contract costs, and calculates maintenance costs for Next-Generation 737 operators compared to A320 operators are 33 percent lower according to a report from the International Air Transportation Association. As well as lower maintaince costs the Next Generation Family can fly further then its next competitior as well as superior performance. A Blended Winglet–equipped 737-700 can fly 320 nautical miles farther than the A319 while carrying the same number of passengers. A winglet-equipped 737-800 can carry 12 more passengers, fly 260 nautical miles farther, 1,100 feet higher and climb to 35,000 feet 3.2 minutes faster than the A320 which helps save fuel for airlines that operate Next Generation 737's with winglets.

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In good company
Here’s a list of the companies that have ordered the Next-Generation 737.


A rapid climb

Next-Generation 737 reaches 1,500 deliveries in record time

BY SANDY ANGERS

Leasing market upholds 737’s value

Although the 737’s value is easily measured in the air and on a company’s bottom line, it also can be measured by the leasing market. Within the last two years the number of A320s parked in the desert ballooned from eight to 91 aircraft. During that same period, its lease rates have fallen more than 30 percent.

That’s not the case for Next-Generation 737s. Shortly after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the subsequent downturn in the commercial airline market, Boeing cut production to match market demand. As a result, the number of parked Next-Generation 737s has remained low. According to recent industry reports, only eight Next-Generation 737s are parked.

“Boeing has reached a balance in terms of supply and demand by managing its production rate, and we’ve seen a firming up of 737 lease rates,” said Robert Genise, president and CEO of Boullioun Aviation Services. “Because Airbus chose not to reduce its production rate and because bankruptcies of key Airbus users have created a sizable surplus of A320s, there has been a significant negative impact on A320 lease rates and values.”


The Boeing Next-Generation 737 airplane has a typical cruise speed of Mach 0.785, or about 530 mph (853 kilometers per hour)—and a rate of sales and deliveries that’s even faster.

Boeing delivers its 1,500th Next-Generation 737 this month. This technologically advanced airplane reached this industry milestone in record time—six short years. Only three other airplane families have sold more than 1,500 airplanes: the 727, the classic 737-300/-400/-500 family and the Airbus A320 family. It took the classic 737 10 years, the A320 13 years, and the 727 16 years to reach this delivery milestone.

Since entering commercial service in 1998, the Next-Generation 737 has been the company’s best- and fastest-selling model. The success of the 737 family, which includes the 737-600, -700, -800 and -900, is no surprise to Product Development Manager Ed Kane, who was on the original design team.

“We knew from the beginning we were designing a family of airplanes that would fly higher, faster and farther than earlier 737s and the Airbus A320 family,” he said.

Kane emphasized that Next-Generation 737s feature an all-new wing design, a new flight deck, and new engines, tires, wheels and brakes, contrary to Airbus claims that the newest 737s are little more than warmed-over versions of the original.

“Essentially, the Next-Generation 737 is an all-new airplane,” he said. “The only thing left from the original design is an extremely efficient fuselage that has stood the test of time.”

About 98 percent of the parts on the newer family are common, which significantly simplifies and lowers maintenance costs for airlines. International Air Transportation Association statistics back that claim. Its latest report takes a four-year average, adjusts for flight times, airplane age and contract costs, and calculates maintenance costs for Next-Generation 737 operators compared to A320 operators are 33 percent lower.

In addition to lower maintenance costs, the design also produces lower operating costs and superior performance. For instance, a Blended Winglet–equipped 737-700 can fly 320 nautical miles farther than the A319 while carrying the same number of passengers. A winglet-equipped 737-800 can carry 12 more passengers, fly 260 nautical miles farther, 1,100 feet higher and climb to 35,000 feet 3.2 minutes faster than the A320.

The secret to the 737’s success: less weight. On average, the Next-Generation 737 models are about 7,200 pounds lighter than the Airbus series, which means 737s save on the costs of fuel and weight-based navigation and landing fees.

It is this type of performance that drives the jet’s popularity, said Carolyn Corvi, 737/757 vice president and general manager. “Airlines look for an airplane to reliably take passengers where they want to go at a price that affords them profitable margins,” Corvi said. “The 737 can do both superbly, and our customers have acknowledged that with their orders.”

To date more than 2,280 Next-Generation 737s have been ordered by 78 carriers worldwide, including large, traditional network operators.

The 737’s economic and aerodynamic performance also has made it an important part of the business strategy for profitable low-cost carriers such as Southwest Airlines, Ryanair, WestJet, Virgin Blue and AirTran Airways. AirTran Airways, which is expanding its service into new, longer-range markets, ordered 100 737s last year and begins taking delivery of its 737s this summer.

“We chose the 737 because it is a phenomenal airplane,” said Joe Leonard, AirTran Airways’ chairman and chief executive officer. “We’re confident that the 737’s economical operation and reliability will reduce our costs and allow us to offer our low fares and high-quality service to even more passengers.”

To ensure the value of the 737 is maintained and enhanced, Boeing’s strategy is to continue incorporating new technologies and design improvements. Vertical Situation Display, a flight deck system that shows an airplane’s current and predicted flight path, and a new comfortable and aesthetically pleasing lavatory are among changes introduced within the last 12 months.

“The key to maintaining the 737’s success is to keep developing capabilities that help our customers meet the challenges of a competitive market.” Corvi said. “That means 1,500 airplanes is just the beginning.”




Aeromexico (Mexico)
Air Algerie (Algeria)
Air Berlin (Germany)
Air China (China)
Air China Southwest Airlines (China)
Air Europa (Spain)
Air Pacific (Fiji)
AirTran (United States)
Alaska Airlines (United States)
All Nippon Airways (Japan)
American Airlines (United States)
Ansett Worldwide Aviation (Australia)
ARAMCO Associated Company (United States)
ATA Airlines, Inc. (United States)
Austrian (Austria)
BAVARIA International (Germany)
Boeing Business Jet (United States)
Boullioun Aviation Services (United States)
Braathens (Norway)
Britannia Airways (United Kingdom)
C.I.T. Leasing Corporation (United States)
China Airlines (Taiwan)
China Eastern Airlines (China)
China Eastern Airlines Wuhan (China)
China Eastern Yunnan Airlines (China)
China Southern Airlines (China)
Continental Airlines (United States)
COPA Airlines (Panama)
Delta Air Lines (United States)
Eastwind Airlines (United States)
easyJet (United Kingdom)
El Al Israel Airlines (Israel)
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopia)
Garuda Indonesia (Indonesia)
GATX Financial Corporation (United States)
GATX Jet Partners Ltd. (United States)
GE Capital Corporation (United States)
Germania (Germany)
Hainan Airlines (China)
Hapag-Lloyd Flug (Germany)
ILFC (United States)
ITOCHU AeroTech Corporation (Japan)
Jet Airways (India)
Kenya Airways (Kenya)
KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines (Netherlands)
Korean Air (South Korea)
Lauda Air (Austria)
Lineas Aereas Azteca (Mexico)
LOT Polish Airlines (Poland)
Luxair (Luxembourg)
Maersk Air (Denmark)
Midway Airlines (United States)
Oman Air (Oman)
Pegasus Airlines (Turkey)
Pembroke Group (Ireland)
QANTAS (Australia)
Republic of China Air Force (Taiwan)
Royal Air Maroc (Morocco)
Ryanair (Ireland)
SAS (Sweden)
Shandong Airlines (China)
Shanghai Airlines (China)
Shenzhen Airlines (China)
South African Airways (South Africa)
Southwest Airlines (United States)
Sumitomo Corporation (Japan)
Sunrock Aircraft Corporation (Ireland)
TAROM - Romanian Air Transport (Romania)
Tombo Aviation (United States)
Transavia Airlines (Netherlands)
TunisAir (Tunisia)
Turkish Airlines (Turkey)
Ukraine International Airlines (Ukraine)
United States Navy (United States)
Virgin Blue Airlines (Australia)
WestJet (Canada)
Xiamen Airlines (China)
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RE: Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Tue May 11, 2004 5:32 am

I don´t know for sure, but I guess the EMB-170 family will do just as well, probably not in 6 years, but in 10 maybe?!?!
The ERJ-145 is doing great too, right!??!Almost 1000 aircrafts alredy delivered.

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RE: Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Tue May 11, 2004 5:38 am

Totally awesome! I love the NG 737! I must have took two hundred pictures of Sun Country's at IFP in Feb alone! Who is taking the 1500th?

I love flying the 739! A great plane!
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RE: Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Tue May 11, 2004 6:01 am

The 1,500th frame will be delivered to ATA.
 
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RE: Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Tue May 11, 2004 6:03 am

Long live the 73G - a fantastic airplane through and through...lingering minor maintenance issues notwithstanding of course  Smile
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RE: Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Tue May 11, 2004 6:04 am

Great plane...they will be around a long time...maybe NW will consider getting them when they are getting old...after all...the DC-9s are still around  Big thumbs up
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RE: Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Tue May 11, 2004 6:31 am

Cant help but think the source of this article is a bit biased  Big grin - well done Boeing though!
 
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RE: Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Tue May 11, 2004 6:56 am

The very first 73G was delivered to WN on December 17, 2004. And assuming the 1,500th hundred 737NG will be delieverd before the end of this week which works out to exactly 2341 days or about-

6 years, 5 months, and 1 days

The 737 managed to shatter its own record by 4 years  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Tue May 11, 2004 7:19 am

Good for ATA, though I would rather Gordo or SCY get it! It's all good. It's a great plane!
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RE: Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Tue May 11, 2004 8:21 am

"The very first 73G was delivered to WN on December 17, 2004."

Funny, the 1500th frame is to be delivered before the 1st  Big grin. I assume you meant 1998?


Great news, nonetheless. I wish Boeing continued success, in an industry that is not only risky, but unpredictable as well. Congratulations!
 
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RE: Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Tue May 11, 2004 8:36 am

Doh! Good catch PanAm.

The correct date was December 17. 1997
 
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RE: Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Tue May 11, 2004 8:42 am

"Boeing 737. Simply the Best."

I dont know what Boeing did when they came up with the 737 series, but whatever it was they did a damn good job of it. Great aircraft the 737, all those orders well deserved!



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RE: Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Tue May 11, 2004 8:53 am

Well its to bad that HP never ordered the NG 737 because like some people say, those A320s just don't look right.

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RE: Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Tue May 11, 2004 1:06 pm

The 737 is an extraordinary aircraft. It is still sensationalist to say Boeing is "finished" or "directionless". The closest thing that Airbus has to the 737 hasn't come close to breaking 737 records--the one concession I'll give is fewer hull-losses, that yes, but there still aren't as many A320s as 737s, and few A320s have fetched-up in hap-hazard South American, African or South Asian airlines, who are responsible for a good number of 737 losses.
What doesn't impress me quite so much about the Airbus "narrows" is that once you separate, as you should, the A321 from the A320/319/318, in the time they've been around they haven't really given the 737 a run for its money (including the A321 is like combining 737 and 757 sales). The 737NG project could just as well have turned out an ill-thought disaster, a last ditch effort to prolong the design of a family which you could easily say has grown long in the tooth, to rescue Boeing from oblivion in an increasingly fierce battle with Airbus. But 1,500 sales in 6 years shows that the design is still a winner, and that Boeing needn't hurry in looking for a successor for the 737, since most of them can last up to or more than 30 years, which I don't see an Airbus doing...

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RE: Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Tue May 11, 2004 1:36 pm

About 98 percent of the parts on a newer family are common, which significantly simplifies and lowers maintenance costs for airlines. International Air Transportation Association statistics back that claim.

I can back that claim up too!! To replace an APU on a classic 737, 22 tools would be required to do the job (basically takes a whole shift..) which includes removal and installation. On the 737NG aircraft, only 11 basic tools are needed and it gets the job done half the time. My source: The BMM and AS Maintenance Manuals.
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RE: Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Wed May 12, 2004 5:32 am

most of them can last up to or more than 30 years, which I don't see an Airbus doing...

Isn't this just a little bit over the top? The A300 is still in service. The A320 has been in service for 16 years, and there isn't a big rush to replace them.

 
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RE: Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Wed May 12, 2004 5:43 am

Correction: LOT does not operate 737 NG.
 
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RE: Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Wed May 12, 2004 11:31 am

Correction: LOT does not operate 737 NG.

Do LOT have any on order?
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RE: Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Wed May 12, 2004 12:54 pm

The A320 has been in service for 16 years, and there isn't a big rush to replace them.

Tell that to an ANA mechanic after a lightning strike  Big grin

Do LOT have any on order?

Boeing's order sheet showed them placing an order for 2 738's in 1996, however, not deliveries to LOT are shown. Were the orders canceled?
 
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Wed May 12, 2004 1:26 pm

Boeing's order sheet showed them placing an order for 2 738's in 1996, however, not deliveries to LOT are shown. Were the orders canceled?

I emailed LOT two years ago asking about that. The 738 orders were options that LOT never picked up according to the response I got. No reason was given as to why though.

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Wed May 12, 2004 1:59 pm

Areopagus:

Sure, the A300 is still in service, but I mean take a closer look at the older -B variants; they've aged terribly. Plus, many A300s are rebuilt freighters, but how many lets say 1974-9 build A300s are still flying passengers? I mean just look at this 1965-build B721, for example:


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RE: Next-Generation 737 Reaches 1,500 Deliveries

Wed May 12, 2004 2:55 pm

What's interesting is that both the 737-300 and the 737-700 were designed with major input from Southwest Airlines, of all things!

The 737-300 was designed to supplement and replace the 737-200 in WN service, and because it used the quiet CFM56 engine the 733 was perfect for WN's operations out of noise-sensitive California airports. WN had major input on the 737-700 design because they wanted a plane that would be as compatible with 733 operations but use newer technology to fly longer flights. It was the 73G that made it possible for some of WN's longest flights like Los Angeles (LAX) to Baltimore (BWI).