Chicago : Boeing employees gathered at the company's Renton, Wash. factory recently to celebrate the 10,000th B737 to come off the production line.
With this airplane, a B737 MAX 8 for Southwest Airlines, the 737 has broken the Guinness World Records title for the most produced commercial jet aircraft model.
"This incredible milestone is a testament to the work we do every day to build the most reliable and efficient single-aisle airplane in the world," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister. "It represents more than 50 years of success and achievement on the part of thousands of Boeing employees past and present, our supplier partners, and our airline customers around the globe who put their confidence in the B737."
The B737 previously held this Guinness World Records title in 2006 for the 5,000th airplane to come out of the Renton factory, a mark that took almost four decades to reach. Due to growing market demand and higher production rates, the B737 program reached the 10,000th airplane milestone only 12 years later.
"The speed at which Boeing achieved this new milestone is very impressive," said Michael Empric, official adjudicator for Guinness World Records. "We are excited to once again recognise the 737 and the important role it plays in commercial aviation."
Boeing will increase 737 production from the current rate of 47 airplanes per month to 52 airplanes per month later this year. The B737 program has more than 4,600 airplanes still on order fueled by sales of the newest version of the B737, the B737 MAX.
A B737 takes off or lands every 1.5 seconds; - On average, more than 2,800 B737s are in the air at any given time; - More than 22 billion people have flown on a B737; and - The B737 has flown more than 122 billion miles, the equivalent of five million times around earth.