[Aviation Today April 18, 2014] Boeing announced the delivery of the 8,000th 737, a 737-900ER (Extended Range) to United Airlines.
Boeing's 8,000th 737 was delivered to United Airlines. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.
The airframe manufacturer said the 737 is the first commercial airplane in history to reach this delivery milestone. Boeing has increased production of the 737 to its current rate of 42 per month in recent years to keep up with a growing backlog that includes 3,700 aircraft on order and 1,934 orders for the new 737 MAX.
"The 737 has been an integral part of our narrowbody fleet and we are pleased to continue this tradition by being the North American launch customer for the new 737 MAX 9," said Ron Baur, vice president of fleet at United Airlines.
United is looking to use the 737-900ER and the 737 MAX to phase out older, less fuel efficient aircraft from its fleet.