Next-Generation 737 Program Milestones
May 5, 2009 The first painted P-8A Poseidon aircraft rolls out of the paint hangar displaying its new U.S. Navy livery.
April 28, 2009 Boeing unveils Next-Generation 737 performance improvements and The 737 Boeing Sky Interior.
April 27, 2009 The P-8A Poseidon completes its first flight.
April 16, 2009 Boeing delivers its 6,000th 737 to ILFC and operator Norwegian Air Shuttle.
Jan. 1, 2009 Boeing signs contract with Government of India to provide eight P-8Is, a derivative of the P-8A designed specifically for the Indian navy.
Aug. 12, 2008 Boeing celebrates design, build and completion of the first P-8A Poseidon during a commemorative event with Boeing employees and the U.S. Navy.
Aug. 2, 2008 Boeing completes work on first BBJ 3 and delivers airplane to supplier to receive its long-range auxiliary fuel system and Head-up Display.
Aug. 1, 2008 Boeing delivers first Next-Generation 737 with carbon brakes to Delta Air Lines on a 737-700.
July 16, 2008 First P-8A Poseidon is factory complete.
March 31, 2008 Final assembly begins on first P-8A Poseidon for U.S. Navy.
June 18, 2007 Boeing surpasses 7,000 737 orders with an order placed by Next-Generation 737-900ER launch customer Lion Air. Boeing announced the order at the Paris Air Show. In August, 737 employees commemorate the milestone by filling a giant "7,000" spanning an area about the length of two Next-Generation 737-700s.
April 27, 2007 Launch customer Lion Air receives first 737-900ER.
April 20, 2007 The 737-900ER earns type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, and validated by the Indonesian regulatory agency April 26.
Feb. 14, 2007 Boeing delivers the first 737-700ER to ANA. The second 737-700ER was delivered to ANA the following August.
Feb. 1, 2007 The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration certifies the 737-700ER, with validation by the Japanese regulatory agency following closely.
Feb. 13, 2006 Boeing delivers the 5,000th 737 to Southwest Airlines.
Jan. 31, 2006 Boeing launches its longest-range Next-Generation 737, the 737-700ER (extended range), with an order from ANA.
Jan. 30, 2006 Boeing offers efficiency enhancing carbon brakes for Next-Generation 737.
Jan. 26, 2006 Boeing nears 737-900ER design completion.
Dec. 21, 2005 Propelled by an order from Xiamen Airlines, the 737 surpasses the 6,000 sales mark.
July 18, 2005 Boeing launches new higher capacity, longer range 737-900ER with an order for up to 60 airplanes from Lion Air.
May 12, 2005 Boeing delivers revolutionary landing system on a Next-Generation 737. The system, called Global Positioning Landing System relies on data from satellites and ground stations to accurately pinpoint an airplane's position in the sky.
Jan. 24, 2005 The first Next-Generation 737 without "eyebrow" windows rolled out of the Renton, Wash., factory.
Jan. 17, 2005 Final assembly time for Next-Generation 737 is cut to 11 days, making it the shortest final assembly time of any large commercial jet. The feat marks a 50 percent reduction in assembly time since the implementation of Lean tactics began in late 1999.
June 14, 2004 The U.S. Navy awards The Boeing Company a System Development and Demonstration contract worth $3.89 billion for the Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft, which is based on the 737-800.
May 24, 2004 A Boeing Business Jet completes the first North Atlantic flight by a business jet equipped with the advanced Future Air Navigation System (FANS), a system that streamlines communication between airplane crews and air-traffic controllers.
May 14, 2004 The 1,500th Next-Generation 737 is delivered to ATA Airlines. The Next-Generation 737 family reached this milestone delivery in less time than any other commercial airplane family, six years after the delivery of the first model. The Next-Generation 737 bested the previous record holder, the Classic 737 series, by four years.
Jan. 16, 2004 Fresh new redesigned lavatory debuts in Next-Generation 737.
June 13, 2003 The Next-Generation 737 fleet surpasses 10 million flight hours within five years of entering service, a record and a feat equal to one airplane flying more than 1,141 years nonstop.
Jan. 28, 2003 Boeing delivers a suite of three leading-edge display and flight management software for the 737. The new flight-deck technologies, which include the Vertical Situation Display (VSD), Navigation Performance Scales (NPS) and Integrated Approach Navigation (IAN), promise to reduce flight delays and enhance flight-crew efficiency.
Oct. 22, 2002 Boeing delivers first 737 with BigBins, which increase stowage capacity by more than 60 percent.
May 28, 2002 50 Boeing Business Jets completed and in service around the world.
March 19, 2002 Boeing introduces the Technology Demonstrator airplane, a 737-900 outfitted with a suite of new and emerging flight deck technologies to assess their value for enhancing safety, capacity and operational efficiency across the Boeing fleet of airplanes.
Nov. 2, 2001 Boeing delivers first Next-Generation 737-700 Convertible with Quick Change options.
Sept. 17, 2001 Boeing Business Jets adds Flight Dynamics' latest head-up guidance system to flight deck.
May 16, 2001 Boeing delivers the first 737-900 to launch customer Seattle-based Alaska Airlines.
May 8, 2001 "Blended" winglets make their world debut in revenue service with German carrier Hapag-Lloyd Flug.
April 19, 2001 The 737-900 receives validation by Europe's Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA).
April 17, 2001 The 737-900 earns type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Feb. 14, 2001 The first shipset of "blended" winglets is installed during production of a Next-Generation 737 at the Renton, Wash., factory.
Jan. 12, 2001 First production 737 "blended" winglets arrive in Seattle, Wash.
Aug. 3, 2000 First flight of the Next-Generation 737-900. Flight-test program begins.
July 23, 2000 The first Next-Generation 737-900 stars in a ceremonial rollout at the Renton factory. Employees of launch customer Alaska Airlines and Boeing employees who worked on the 737-900 program attend the event.
May 15, 2000 The wings for the first 737-900 are joined to the fuselage at the Boeing factory in Renton, Wash.
April 27, 2000 The fuselage of the first Boeing Next-Generation 737-900 arrives at the Renton, Wash., plant by railcar from Wichita, Kan. The first 737-900 is scheduled for delivery to Alaska Airlines.
April 14, 2000 The Boeing 737-700C leaves on its first flight from Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash.
Feb. 18, 2000 Boeing announces availability of advanced technology "blended" winglets as an option on Next-Generation 737-800.
Feb. 14, 2000 Aloha Airlines begins first 180-minute ETOPS service, introducing Nonstop service between Honolulu and Oakland, Calif.
Oct. 11, 1999 Boeing launches a second Boeing Business Jet model, the BBJ-2, a modified version of the Next-Generation 737-800.
Sept. 1, 1999 Next-Generation 737s are certified for 180 minute ETOPS Operation.
Feb. 5, 1999 The 737-900 reaches firm design configuration, a key milestone in the development of the longest Next-Generation 737 model. Measuring 138 feet, 2 inches in length, the 737-900 model surpasses the 737-800 by nearly nine feet. The increased size will accommodate about 18 percent more cargo volume and about 9 percent more passenger cabin area than the 737-800.
Sept. 18, 1998 Boeing delivers the first 737-600 to SAS.
Aug. 14, 1998 The 737-600 earns type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), formally recognizing that the aircraft has passed the stringent testing requirements of both Boeing and the FAA. The 737-600 now is ready to enter passenger service with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS).
April 22, 1998 The first 737-800 is delivered to launch customer Hapag-Lloyd of Germany.
April 9, 1998 Europe's Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) recommends type validation of the 737-800.
March 13, 1998 The 737-800 earns type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The certification formally recognizes that the 737-800 has passed all the rigorous testing requirements of both Boeing and the FAA, and is ready to enter passenger service with U.S. Airlines.
Feb. 19, 1998 Europe's Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA), which comprise the aviation regulatory authorities of 27 countries, recommends type validation of the Boeing Next-Generation 737-700. The individual countries will award actual type certificates.
Jan. 22, 1998 The Boeing 737-600 -- the smallest member of the Next-Generation 737 airplane family -- makes its first flight.
Dec. 17, 1997 Boeing delivers the first Next-Generation 737-700 to launch customer Southwest Airlines. The event is marked by a brief ceremony at Boeing Field. The airplane later departs for Love Field in Dallas, Texas.
Dec. 8, 1997 Exactly a year to the date after the world premier of the first Next-Generation 737-700, the first 737-600 rolls out of the Renton factory. The ceremonial event marks the manufacturing completion of the 102-foot-6-inch airplane -- the smallest member of the Next-Generation 737 airplane family. The airplane will be the first of three 737-600s that will participate in the 737-600 flight testing and certification program.
Nov. 10, 1997 Alaska Airlines announces an order for 10 737-900s and 10 options, launching the fourth model in the Next-Generation 737 family, the fastest-selling family of commercial jetliners in aviation history. This new model joins the already successful Next-Generation 737-600/-700/-800 family. The airplane now is the longest 737 built, with a length of 138 feet 2 inches.
Nov. 7, 1997 The newest member of the 737 family, the Next-Generation 737-700, earns type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The certification formally recognizes that the newest 737 airplane has passed all the stringent testing requirements mandated by the FAA and is ready to enter passenger service.
Sept. 3, 1997 Boeing launches the Next-Generation 737-700C with an order for two from the U.S. Navy. The Navy calls the model, a cargo version of the 737-700, the C-40.
Aug. 29, 1997 The first Boeing Next-Generation 737-600 arrives at the Renton, Wash., plant from Wichita. The airplane is 102 feet 6 inches long. The first 737-600 will be delivered to SAS.
July 31, 1997 The 737-800 makes its first flight, with Boeing Capts. Mike Hewett and Jim McRoberts at the airplane's controls. At 9 a.m. PDT, the 129-foot, 6-inch 737-800 takes off from Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash., as Boeing employees cheer. After heading north over Lake Washington, the pilots fly north to the Straits of Juan de Fuca and conduct a series of flight tests between there and Tatoosh. Three hours and five minutes later, the airplane lands at Boeing Field in Seattle.
June 30, 1997 The first 737-800 debuts at a ceremonial rollout on the north end of the 737 final assembly factory. A crowd of several thousand Boeing Commercial Airplane employees are on hand to witness the premiere of the 129-feet-6-inch airplane -- the longest 737 ever built. The first 737-800 is the 2,906th 737 built and the 6,508th commercial airplane built by Boeing in Renton.
April 22, 1997 YA001, the first 737-700, makes its 100th flight weighing 172,900 pounds -- the highest Boeing 737 takeoff weight ever -- and with an engine thrust of 27,000 pounds. During the flight the airplane conducts pre-certification flight testing to capture data for the 737-700 Increased Gross Weight (IGW) airplane, also referred to as the Boeing Business Jet. Commenting on the flight, Capt. Mike Hewett said the airplane's wings performed exceptionally well and "the stability control data points looked very good for the flight-test conditions."
April 11, 1997 The first 737-800 rolls to final assembly for airplane systems, horizontal stabilizer and vertical tail installation.
April 1, 1997 The last 737-700 flight-test airplane makes its first flight at 10:55 a.m. and lands 1 hour and 47 minutes later at Boeing Field in Seattle, Wash.
March 28, 1997 Employees attach the wings on the first 737-800 airplane in the Renton manufacturing plant.
March 15, 1997 The Next-Generation 737-700 reaches an altitude of 41,000 feet, flying higher than any other 737 in aviation history. Flying up to speeds of 0.81 Mach (464 knots or 535 mph), Boeing Capts. Mike Carriker and Paul Desrochers fly the second 737-700 flight-test airplane to its new altitude during certification testing for climb and descent.
March 14, 1997 The fuselage of the first 737-800, destined for German-carrier Hapag-Lloyd, arrives in Renton from Boeing Wichita, after traveling 2,190 miles by railcar. At 129 feet 6 inches in length, the 737-800 is 19 feet 2 inches longer than the 737-700.
March 11, 1997 The No. 3 737-700 makes its first flight from the Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash.
Feb. 27, 1997 The No. 2 737-700 makes its first flight from Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash. The maiden flight lasts 2 hours and 4 minutes.
Feb. 9, 1997 The first Boeing 737-700 makes its maiden flight, with Boeing Capts. Mike Hewett and Ken Higgins at the airplane's controls. At 10:05 a.m. PST, the airplane -- painted in the Boeing red, white and blue livery -- takes off from Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Wash., as hundreds of Boeing employees and their families watch and cheer. After heading north over Lake Washington, the pilots fly the newest member of the 737 family north over Tattoosh, east to Spokane and then back to Western Washington before landing at Boeing Field in Seattle.
Dec. 8, 1996 The first 737-700 is introduced to the world at The Boeing Company's Renton, Wash., plant. Nearly 50,000 guests attend the Next-Generation 737 celebration.
Dec. 2, 1996 The first 737-700 rolls out of the Renton factory and advances into the paint hangar.
Nov. 29, 1996 The No. 3 737-700 arrives in Renton from the Boeing Wichita plant.
Oct. 26, 1996 The first CFM56-7 engine is attached to the right wing of the first 737-700. The left-hand engine is installed the next day.
Oct. 20, 1996 The second 737-700 fuselage arrives in Renton from the Boeing Wichita plant.
Oct. 10, 1996 Employees attach the horizontal stabilizers to the first 737-700, completing the installation of all major airplane structures.
Oct. 7, 1996 The 23-foot, 5-inch vertical tail is installed on the first 737-700. The vertical tail weighs approximately 1,500 pounds.
Oct. 6, 1996 The first 737-700 fuselage rolls on its own landing gear to the final assembly area, where flight control surfaces, engine and systems are installed.
Sept. 18, 1996 Employees attach the wings to the first 737-700 fuselage in the Renton, Wash., 737 factory.
Sept. 3, 1996 The first completed 737-700 fuselage arrives in Renton, Wash., after traveling nearly 2,200 miles from the Boeing Wichita plant. The first pair of CFM56-7 engines arrive at Propulsion Systems Division in Seattle for engine buildup.
Aug. 24, 1996 The first 737-700 one-piece fuselage leaves Wichita, Kan., bound for Renton, Wash.
Aug. 12, 1996 Assembly begins in Wichita, Kan., on the nose section of the first 737-800.
July 26, 1996 The last major body structure for the first 737-700 fuselage is loaded into the integration tool in Wichita, Kan.
July 15, 1996 Employees at the Boeing Renton, Wash., factory unload the No. 1, left-hand 737-700 wing out of its tooling and move the approximately 50-foot-long structure to its next manufacturing position.
July 2, 1996 The Boeing Company launches a Boeing Business Jet, derived from the Next-Generation 737-700 model. The jet will offer customers new dimensions in corporate travel.
June 17, 1996 Assembly begins in Wichita, Kan., on the No. 1 nose, or cab, section for the first Boeing 737-700.
April 30, 1996 The first Common Display System for the 737-600/-700/-800 flight deck arrives at the Boeing Integrated Aircraft Systems Laboratory in Seattle. The programmable software display unit allows airlines to easily maintain the flight deck and to tailor it to their specifications.
April 22, 1996 The first 737-700 machined wing ribs arrive from Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan. Boeing 737 wing ribs were previously built-up assemblies. The single-pieced machined ribs increase quality and decrease weight.
March 20, 1996 The 737-700 program reaches its 90 percent product definition release, marking a major engineering milestone for the new 737 family. The milestone signifies the transition from the development phase to production phase of the program.
Jan. 16, 1996 The new engine for the Next-Generation 737 family, the CFM56-7, makes its first flight attached to the left-hand wing of a General Electric 747 flying test bed in Mojave, Calif.
Dec. 1, 1995 Major assembly begins on the No. 1 737-700 model when a 55-foot-long spar, or horizontal wing structure, is loaded into an automated assembly tool in the Renton, Wash., factory. Assembly also begins in Wichita, Kan., on the first 737-700 fuselage Section 43 panel (an upper fuselage section).
April 28, 1995 The new engine for the Next-Generation 737 family, the CFM56-7, powers up for its first ground test at the Snecma test facility in Villaroche, France.
Nov. 17, 1995 The Next-Generation 737 program sets a new aviation record by selling more in the first two years they have been offered than any other commercial jetliner.
March 15, 1995 Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) places an order for 35 of the 737-600 model, launching the last of the three newest 737 versions.
Sept. 5, 1994 The Next-Generation 737-800 is launched at the Farnborough Air Show in England . German carrier Hapag-Lloyd will take delivery of the first 737-800 in early 1998.
Nov. 17, 1993 The Boeing Company board of directors authorizes the Next-Generation 737-600/-700/-800 program. Southwest Airlines launches the -700 program, with an order for 63 of the newest 737 aircraft.