World record for Boeing 737

Employees at Boeing's Renton facility celebrate the 10,000th 737 to come off the production line. (Boeing)
Employees at Boeing’s Renton facility celebrate the 10,000th 737 to come off the production line. (Boeing)

Thousands of Boeing employees have gathered at the company’s Renton facility in Washington State to celebrate the delivery of the 10,000th 737 to Southwest Airlines and a new world record.

The milestone aircraft is a 737 MAX 8, N8717M.

The festivities on Tuesday (US time) included fresh recognition for the evergreen narrowbody from Guinness World Records, which presented Boeing with a certificate proclaiming the 737 as “the most-produced commercial jet aircraft model”.

“This incredible milestone is a testament to the work we do every day to build the most reliable and efficient single-aisle airplane in the world,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive Kevin McAllister said.

“It represents more than 50 years of success and achievement on the part of thousands of Boeing employees past and present, our supplier partners, and our airline customers around the globe who put their confidence in the 737.”

It is the second time the 737 has been recognised by Guinness World Records. The first occasion was in 2006, when the 5,000th 737 rolled off the final assembly line.

As indication of the ramp up in production in recent times, the first 5,000 737s took about 40 years to produce, Boeing said.

However, the next 5,000 aircraft were built in about 12 years.

“The speed at which Boeing achieved this new milestone is very impressive,” said Guinness World Records official adjudicator Michael Empric said.

“We are excited to once again recognise the 737 and the important role it plays in commercial aviation.”

Boeing is currently producing 47 737s a month, a rate that will rise to 52 a month later in 2018.

The 10,000th Boeing 737 is for Southwest Airlines. (Boeing/Twitter)
The 10,000th Boeing 737 is for Southwest Airlines. (Boeing/Twitter)

In this part of the world, Qantas and Virgin Australia are both big current operators of the 737 with 75 and 82 in their fleets, respectively. Others of the 10,000 737s built have been delivered to Qantas predecessor Australian Airlines, plus Ansett Airways and Air New Zealand.


  1. Scott says

    Fantastic congrats Boeing. Great to see so many in Aust and Virgin with the largest fleet is impressive.

  2. Craigy says

    I am quite sure it was Ansett Airlines not airways.

    Always loved watching the tail plane wobble when reverse thrust was used on the 100 and 200

    Boeing has done well with the B707 fuselage in two follow on products, the B727 and B737

  3. Kim says

    Twinkle, twinkle little Boeing, how I wonder where you’re going
    Up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky………
    Loved the 727 back in the day, also the 767. Had to get used to the 737.

  4. Michael Angelico says

    The record is for commercial aircraft – how many military aircraft have hit the five digit mark? I’m guessing World War 2 would have produced some contenders, the Texan/Harvard maybe? And the Me.109 was in production for several of the busiest years.

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