Boeing 737 Facts

737 '10,000' Facts

  • The 737 became the first-ever commercial jet airplane to surpass the 10,000 orders milestone in July 2012 when United Airlines ordered 100 737 MAX 9s and 50 Next-Generation 737-900ERs (Extended Range).
  • 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.

Next-Generation 737

  • The Next-Generation 737 is always improving. Today's airplanes are 5 percent more fuel efficient than the first models delivered. By the end of 2013, this will increase to 6 to 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 jetliner in history.
  • Airlines ordered 724 of the Next-Generation 737 models between the program launch on 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 single-aisle commercial jetliners produced today with this capability.
  • The Next-Generation 737 airplane wing thermal anti-ice system can blow 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 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 600,000 total parts on a Next-Generation 737 airplane.

737 Family

  • Overall, the entire 737 family is the best-selling commercial jetliner in history, with orders for more than 11,150 airplanes through August 2013 from 265 customers. More than 7,700 737s have been delivered.
  • The 737 accounts for 60 percent of all Boeing commercial airplanes sold over the past 10 years (2003-2012).
  • 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" 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 5,500 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 338 airlines in 112 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 24,000 scheduled passenger flights per day. This means that 31 percent of all commercial flights are on 737s.***
  • The 737 family has carried more than 16.8 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 115.0 billion miles; equivalent to approximately 624 round trips from the earth to the sun.*
  • The 737 family has flown more than 180.1 million flights.*
  • The 737 family has flown more than 257.6 million flight hours; the equivalent to one airplane flying more than 29,416 years nonstop.*

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*As of July 31, 2013
**Ascend Worldwide (September 3, 2013)
***OAG, August 2013. Non-stop, ticket-selling flights
Updated September 6, 2013

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