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737 Launched 41 Years Ago

Sun Feb 19, 2006 1:59 am

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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RE: 737 Launched 41 Years Ago

Sun Feb 19, 2006 2:03 am

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.
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RE: 737 Launched 41 Years Ago

Sun Feb 19, 2006 5:23 am

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

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RE: 737 Launched 41 Years Ago

Sun Feb 19, 2006 5:39 am

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



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RE: 737 Launched 41 Years Ago

Sun Feb 19, 2006 1:15 pm

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
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RE: 737 Launched 41 Years Ago

Sun Feb 19, 2006 1:59 pm

When Ansett New Zealand first started, it operated with B737-100s, including the second built B737
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RE: 737 Launched 41 Years Ago

Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:03 am

DL flies 737-200s still (not original 737-100s, however. Not many of those around.)
 
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RE: 737 Launched 41 Years Ago

Mon Feb 20, 2006 4:21 am

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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RE: 737 Launched 41 Years Ago

Mon Feb 20, 2006 6:27 am

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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