- The Next-Generation 737 is always improving for operators. Today's airplanes are 5 percent more fuel efficient than the first models delivered. By mid-2013, the airplanes will be 6 - 7 percent more efficient, with full incorporation of the latest performance improvement package. The additional 2 percent equates to $120,000 savings per airplane per year, and tons fewer carbon emissions.
- It was just shy of 15 years between the first Next-Generation 737 order and the 5,000th order. The Next-Generation 737 reached this order milestone more quickly than any other commercial jet in history.
- Airlines ordered 724 of the Next-Generation 737 models between the Next-Generation program launch Nov. 17, 1993, and the day the first airplane was delivered on Dec. 12, 1997.
- The Next-Generation 737 is as long as it is wide, earning it the nickname of the first "square" airplane.
- The Next-Generation 737 uses an advanced system called Head-up Display or HUD, which comprises a transparent glass display positioned between the pilot's eye and flight deck window to show critical information such as airspeed, altitude and attitude, and flight path. The Next-Generation 737 is the leader of large commercial jetliners produced today with this capability. Boeing is proud to introduce HUD as part of its basic systems equipment for both pilots on our 787.
- The Next-Generation 737 airplane wing thermal anti-ice system has the capability of outputting hot air on the wing leading edge equivalent to about six full-sized (100,000 BTU) household furnaces.
- Within five years of entering service, the worldwide fleet of Next-Generation 737s surpassed 10 million flight hours, a feat equal to one airplane flying more than 1,141 years nonstop. The Next-Generation 737 is the first and only commercial jetliner to reach this milestone so quickly.
- On July 27, 2006, Boeing delivered the 2,000th Next-Generation 737 six years sooner than any other commercial jet airplane. The milestone delivery - a 737-700 to Southwest Airlines - occurred nine years after Southwest received the first Next-Generation 737.
- On April 16, 2012, Boeing delivered the 4,000th Next-Generation 737. The milestone delivery - a 737-700 with the new Boeing Sky Interior to China Southern Airlines - occurred two years and eight months after the 3,000th Next-Generation 737 delivery to India's Jet Lite in August 2009.
- There are approximately 42 miles (67 kilometers) of wire on the Next-Generation 737-600/-700/-800/-900ER (Extended Range) models, four miles (6.4 kilometers) less than the 737-300/-400/-500 models.
- On average, there are approximately 394,000 parts on a Next-Generation 737 airplane.
- Overall, the entire 737 family is the best-selling commercial jet in history, with orders for more than 10,650 airplanes through March 2013 from 265 customers. More than 7,500 have been delivered.
- On Feb. 13, 2006, Boeing delivered the 5,000th 737 to Southwest Airlines. Guinness World Records acknowledged the 737 as the most-produced large commercial jet airplane in aviation history.
- On Dec. 16, 2011, Boeing delivered the 7,000th 737 to flydubai.
- On Nov. 5, 2012, Boeing delivered the 7,370th 737 to Lion Air.
- On Mar. 20, 2013, Boeing delivered the 7,500th 737 to Malindo Air.
- Typically, about 50 gallons (189 liters) of paint are used to paint an average 737. Once the paint is dry, it will weigh approximately 250 pounds (113 kilograms) per airplane, depending on the paint scheme.
- With approximately 5,600 airplanes in service, the 737s (early 737s, Classic and Next-Generation) represent a quarter of the total worldwide fleet of large commercial jets flying today. **
- More than 331 airlines in 111 countries fly 737s. **
- On average, over 2,000 737 airplanes are in the air at any given time.*
- One 737 takes off or lands every 2.0 seconds.*
- For all 737 models, there are approximately 25,500 scheduled flights per day. This means that nearly 1/3 of all commercial flights are on 737s.***
- The 737 family has carried more than 16.4 billion passengers; that is equivalent to every single man, woman and child flying at least twice. (2012 world population was 7 billion).*
- The 737 has flown more than 113.0 billion miles; equivalent to approximately 608 round trips from the earth to the sun.*
- The 737 family has flown more than 176.5 million flights.*
- The 737 family has flown more than 251.0 million flight hours; the equivalent to one airplane flying more than 28,656 years nonstop.*
737 '10,000' Facts
- 10,000 737s stacked on top of one another would be approximately 406,000 feet or 77 miles (124 kilometers) high, and is equivalent to:
- 149 Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest building in the world, stacked on top of one another.
- 274 Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
- 382 Eiffel Towers, Paris,
- 280 Empire State Buildings, New York City,
- 10,000 737s at any one time would carry approximately 1,500,000 passengers.
For additional information visit: Boeing Commercial Airplanes Orders and Deliveries.
*As of February 28, 2013
**Ascend Worldwide (April 5, 2013)
***OAG, February 2013. Non-stop, ticket-selling flights
Updated April 5, 2013