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Boeing hits 737 milestone

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 16, 2012
Boeing has delivered its 4000th 737 NG, to China Southern Airlines. (Boeing)

Boeing has rolled out its 4000th Next Generation 737, a 126-passenger 737-700 destined for China Southern Airways.

The milestone comes as Boeing ramps up 737 production to whittle down a backlog of more than 2600 orders. The US planemaker hopes to hit a production target of 42 aircraft per month by 2014.

Somewhat confusingly, Boeing uses the “Next Generation” moniker to refer to its current generation of the popular single-aisle jetliner, spanning the 737-600 through -900, with the -700 and -800 variants being the most popular. The next-next generation 737, known as the 737 MAX, is scheduled to begin deliveries in 2017.

Boeing says more than 5,550 737s are currently in service worldwide, comprising more than a quarter of all large commercial jets.

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