Fast Facts: Boeing 717
The Boeing 717-200, a twinjet, was designed for the short-haul, high-frequency 100-passenger airline market.
The Boeing 717 program launched Oct. 19, 1995, with an order from AirTran Airways. Based on the Douglas DC-9 and launched as the McDonnell Douglas MD-95, the 100-seater, two-engine jet was renamed the Boeing 717 after McDonnell Douglas and Boeing merged in 1997.
Boeing rolled out the first 717-200 on June 10, 1998, and delivered it to AirTran Airways on Sept. 23, 1999.
AirTran entered the 717-200 into revenue service on Oct. 12, 1999.
On May 23, 2006, Boeing delivered its final two 717 airplanes to Midwest Airlines and AirTran Airways. The deliveries concluded commercial airplane production in Southern California that began in the 1920s with the Douglas Aircraft Co.
The 717 program produced 156 airplanes and pioneered breakthrough business and manufacturing processes for Boeing.
For more information on the Boeing 717 family, visit: www.boeing.com/commercial/717/index.page