Boeing delivered its 8,000th 737 this week, a 737-900ER to United Airlines.
According to Boeing, the 737 is the first airplane to ever reach the 8,000 delivery milestone. The 737 program began in 1967, Bloomberg Businessweek reported today, and Lufthansa was the first customer, receiving a 737-100. United’s first model was the 737-200.
The next generation of the 737 — the 737 MAX — is scheduled to have its first delivery in 2017. Southwest is the launch customer for that plane. Boeing says it has 1,934 orders for the 737 MAX.
Boeing’s main competitor announced last month that it has delivered 6,000 airplanes in the A320 family, which competes with the 737.