This week, on December 8, 1996, the very first 737NG was rolled out in Renton. Line number 27841 became N737X, and after certification, it was delivered to Southwest Airlines as N707SW. The aircraft still serves today, and was recently retrofitted with the Aviation Partners Blended Winglets.
To date, the 737NG family has sold 2,367 737-600/700/800/900 and BBJ/BBJ2 types, and 1,607 have been delivered. Of the delivered aircraft, none have been written off in hull lost accidents nor have any fatal accidents occurred.
Happy 8th Birthday 737NG-
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