Boeing 737 - Best-selling jet airliner in history, more than 6,600 manufactured
The Boing 737 remains the best-selling jet airliner in history, with this narrow-body twin-engine aircraft dominating the skies since its introduction in 1968. The company has built more than 6,000 aircraft, with Boeing continuing to produce the 737 model to this day. More than 500 airlines currently fly the Boeing 737, operating services to 1,200 destinations in almost 200 countries, with primary users of the aircraft including Southwest Airlines, Ryanair, Continental Airlines and American Airlines. Globally, the Boeing 737 still represents more than a quarter of all commercial jet airliners flying today.
Boeing 737 - Aircraft flying since 1968, today used by more than 500 airlines
Boeing 737 was introduced to supplement its existing Boeing 727, and make short to medium-range flights of up to 1,000 miles, with capacity for up to 100 passengers. Since the aircraft's inception, the company has introduced three generations of Boeing 737 models - the Original, the Classic and the Next Generation. Including the Boeing 737-100, -200 and -200 Advanced, the Originals feature the initial Boeing 737, launched in 1965 by Lufthansa and entering service in 1968, with this, the smallest variant, remaining in the skies for 30 years. The Classic group was introduced in the 1980's, and featured the Boeing 737-300, -400 and -500 series, incorporating more capacity, wing improvements and turbofan engines.
Boeing 737 - The 'New Generation', higher-capacity and longer-range
Prompted by industry competition, and especially the introduction of the Airbus A320, Boeing then launched their New Generation series, which included the 737-600, -700, -800 and -900, and were designed to be much higher-capacity and longer-range models. Value-added technology and updated features, such as redesigned wings and quieter more fuel-efficient engines, meant these new innovative Boeing 737 models were now capable of transcontinental flights, with a range of up to 3,000 nautical miles. The New Generation models also featured updated cabin concepts and interiors, as well as shared flight-deck commonality with the original 737's.