Boeing rolls out 5,000th 737NG

written by australianaviation.com.au | July 17, 2014
The 5,000th 737NG to be built, a C-40 Clipper for the US Navy. (Boeing)
The 5,000th 737NG to be built, a C-40 Clipper for the US Navy. (Boeing)

Boeing’s evergreen 737 program achieved a major milestone on July 16 when the 5,000th example of the 737NG was rolled off the company’s Renton production line.

The aircraft, a C-40A Clipper (737-700C) will be operated as a convertible passenger and cargo transport by the US Navy.

“This milestone is another testament to the popularity of our Next-Generation 737 and represents the confidence our customers have in the work of our team,” Boeing’s vice president and general manager, 737 program Beverly Wyse said in a statement. “The 737 is hugely popular with both our commercial and military customers because of its efficiency and proven reliability.”

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Boeing says total orders for the 737NG stand at 6,804, while the third generation 737 MAX which is due to enter service from 2017 has a backlog of 2,109 aircraft. Including the original ‘classic’ 737 line which entered service in the late 1960s and includes the re-engined 737-300/400/500 series and about 100 military derivatives, more than 12,000 737s of all model 737s have been ordered.

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