10,000th 737

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BOEING RECENTLY completed the 10,000th 737 family aircraft at Renton, ensuring the type now holds the Guinness World Record for the most-produced commercial jet aircraft ever. The landmark aircraft, 737- 800 N8717M (c/n 42571), is for Southwest Airlines and completed its firstflight on March 26.

The roll-out happened less than two years since the April 2016 delivery of the 9,000th 737 (for China United Airlines). The first 5,000 737 deliveries were spread across the programme’s first 40 years (the 5,000th jet left Renton in 2006), so half of all 737s built have been turned out in the last 12 years.

This reflects the production ramp-ups Boeing has introduced for the 737 in recent years, which has seen output rise from 31 per month in 2011 to the current 47 a month. A further rate rise to 52/ month is planned for later this year before a scheduled ramp-up to 57/month in 2019. Mark Broadbent